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Alaskan Pipeline Construction Going Green

Pipeline construction, as anyone who has travelled this province knows, is big business. But are you aware that contractors lay between 12,000 and 15,000 km of pipeline in Alberta, Canada each year?

About 85% of that is pipe less than 12 inches in diameter-in fact, most pipe has a diameter less than six inches. Yet, virtually every installation requires excavating a trench between 32 and 42 inches wide.

Source: Alberta Construction

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U.S. Coal Power Plants Scuttled

Cancelation of a coal-fired power plant in Michigan announced on Friday brings to 97 the number of plants scuttled since 2001, said the Sierra Club, an environmental group that opposes coal plants because they are major emitters of gasses blamed for global warming.

Plans remain active for only 59 of the 220 coal coal-fired plants planned and in various stages of permitting since 2001, said Bruce Nilles, head of the Sierra Club's campaign to eliminate coal-fired power plants in the United States.

Source: Reuters

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House Energy Dems Falling Short Of Needed Votes for CO2 Bill

Democratic leadership appears to be falling short of the votes needed to pass a major greenhouse gas bill out of the House energy subcommittee, lawmakers say.

Moderate Democrats on the Energy and Environment Subcommittee say fundamental issues concerning the impact of the program on energy and industries in their regions are still unresolved and a vote previously expected next week appears increasingly unlikely.

Source: Dow Jones

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Salazar Announces New BLM Projects

The Interior Department is directing more than $300 million in federal economic stimulus money to the Bureau of Land Management to update its facilities, roads and trails and jump-start renewable energy projects across the country, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Saturday.

Salazar said the 650 approved projects will "restore our landscapes and our watersheds" and help fulfill the Obama administration's target for renewable energy development.

Source: Associated Press

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Utah Among Leaders in Nation For Putting Stimulus Funds to Use

Utah is among the country's leaders in efficient use of stimulus funds for transportation projects, according to a report released last week to the Utah Transportation Committee — and the state is squeezing more miles out of every dollar, thanks to the current, highly competitive construction market.

Utah Department of Transportation officials said the federal help is contributing to what's shaping up to be a record year for highway construction in sheer number of projects in play.

Source: Deseret News

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