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Federal "Buy American" rules could be stalling infrastructure projects

Oct 26, 2023
Rules to boost the domestic economy now apply to broadband and water equipment. Delays and higher costs can be part of the trade-off.
The Gila River Indian Community develops projects to conserve water. Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis said federal rules requiring the use of American-made construction materials can be an obstacle.
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In West Texas, a budding pipeline fight highlights activists' changing tactics

Sep 1, 2023
Pipeline opponents across the U.S. have taken to emphasizing the projects' impacts on private property rights.
Opponents of the Saguaro Connector pipeline hosted a community meeting this summer in Van Horn, Texas.
Travis Bubenik

Colonial Pipeline shutdown highlights need for more cybersecurity professionals

May 13, 2021
By one estimate, the U.S. needs at least 360,000 more cybersecurity professionals.
As these kinds of cyberattacks are becoming more common, demand is growing for cybersecurity experts.
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Even with approval, Keystone pipeline may not get built

Mar 24, 2017
The Trump administration has approved a construction permit on the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline. Back when it was planned in 2010, oil was still trading at $100 a barrel and fracking had yet to fully ramp up. The project still serves as a symbol for both environmentalists and energy companies. But the overall impact of […]

Pennsylvania braces for gas pipeline protest

Feb 9, 2017
Protesters are massing in Pennsylvania to protest another pipeline. But this one is different: it carries natural gas, which means it comes with rights over eminent domain. Click the above audio player to hear the full story.

A refinery gap makes Southeast dependent on gasoline pipeline

Nov 2, 2016
Pipelines like the one that shut down in Alabama are a weak link in the distribution of fuel, but that’s because the real chokepoint is the production of gasoline at refineries. Some parts of the country have no refineries (i.e. the Southeast) and so they depend on pipelines; others have barely enough refineries for their […]
A crude oil refinery in Krotz Springs, Louisiana.
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A Texas range war over a natural gas pipeline

Jul 18, 2016
A pipeline carrying natural gas to Mexico from Texas will across remote ranches more than a century old.
The Trans-Pecos Pipeline is expected to send 1.4 billion cubic feet of Texas natural gas per day to Mexico.
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Local Money: Alaska's LNG Project

Jan 8, 2016
Alaska's LNG Project could cost $65 billion — if it breaks ground.
A liquefied natural gas facility in Alaska.
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Pipeline spill exposes a fracking cost

Jan 22, 2015
Wastewater spill is a huge reminder that fracking generates contaminated water.

Intel commits $300 million to diversify tech ranks

Jan 7, 2015
Company CEO tackles a tech problem: Need for more women, minorities in workforce.
 Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, right,  and employee Darryl Adams at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.
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