Transportation: The Invisible Network: A Revolution Underground

A huge new transportation system —outranking rails and airlines — is spreading across the U.S. in a spaghetti-like maze. Nearly a million miles long, it is almost completely invisible, carries no passengers, is deterred neither by rivers nor mountains. It is the nation's rapidly growing network of oil, gas and product pipelines, which now extends into all of the 49 continental states. Last week the biggest product pipeline of them all, built by Atlanta's Colonial Pipeline Co., slowly threaded its 36-inch ribbon of steel through the swamps and suburbs of New Jersey, two feet underground. Only ten more miles will...

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