Boom Times for Pipeline Builders

Construction surges despite a glut in natural gas

Seen from an airplane, it looks like a giant scar stretching across the Great Plains and over the horizon. For much of last summer, however, the scene featured countless lengths of steel pipe lying like uncooked spaghetti beside deep ditches. Here and there clusters of yellow machines and men in hard hats or baseball caps could be seen, many of them bare-chested under the hot sun, some working under the shade of umbrellas attached to the pipes.

The work is now nearly finished, and the result is a 793-mile stretch of natural gas pipeline that...

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