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Friday
Jan202012

Mexico: Retrasan nueva autopista / Delay new highway

El Siglo De Torreón

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La autopista Durango-Mazatlán estará terminada a finales de este año, pero la conexión entre el Pacífico y la frontera de Coahuila con Estados Unidos quedará incompleta porque no ha iniciado la vía San Pedro-Cuatrociénegas, el único tramo que falta para ampliar el eje carretero...

The Durango-Mazatlán highway will be completed later this year, but the connection between the Pacific and Coahuila's border with the United States will be incomplete because it has not started Cuatrociénegas via San Pedro, the only section remaining to extend the road axis...

Friday
Jan202012

Modular Construction & Prefabrication North America: The Only Modular Construction Event in North America Dedicated to the Energy Sector

International Quality & Productivity Center (IQPC)

The province of Alberta remains at the forefront of the modular and prefabrication frontier with industry professionals coming from Europe, South America, and the United States, to learn about the latest techniques available for application to the modularization process. New benchmarks in project delivery, engineering design and construction practices continue to transform the construction industry by finding new ways to execute projects on budget and ahead of schedule. This unique conference wholly dedicated to large scale projects in the power and mining sectors will unite professionals from every point along the project supply chain in order to develop a 360° review of modular construction and prefabrication solutions.

“This is an important time to address the evolving requirements and regulations regarding modular construction and prefabrication,” says Soren Du Preez, conference producer at the International Quality & Productivity Center (IQPC). “This unique conference wholly dedicated to large scale projects in the power and mining sectors will unite professionals from every point along the project supply chain in order to develop a 360° review of modular construction and prefabrication solutions.”

Taking place in Calgary, Alberta, March 26-28, this premier event is a must attend for those in the modular construction space and will gather owners, consulting engineers, architects, construction managers, major project managers, oil & gas and mining sector stakeholders, estimators, and fabricators.

IQPC’s Modular Construction & Prefabrication North America will feature leading industry participants and a distinguished speaker faculty from the following:

  • Canadian Natural Resources Limited
  • CB&I
  • Syncrude
  • Cenovus Energy
  • Fluor Canada Ltd.
  • SNC Lavalin
  • Siemens Energy, Inc.
  • Jacobs Engineering
  • URS Corporation Energy & Construction
  • Tecnicas Reunidas

To learn more about IQPC’s Modular Construction & Prefabrication North America, please visit www.ModularConstructionNA.com

Friday
Jan202012

Ports-to-Plains Alliance Supports Transportation Advocates of Texas

Transportation Advocates of Texas is a coalition of businesses, individuals, associations, chambers of commerce, economic development entities and local governments from across the state working to improve transportation in Texas.  By collectively pushing for sustainable, long term financing solutions, TAoT members made gains in the 83rd Legislative Session. 

Transportation Advocates of Texas Members Made It Possible

TAoT members’ e-mails, testimony, and financial support helped Transportation Advocates of Texas to successfully lobby the legislature under serious budget constraints to:

  • Ensure funding for new projects until at least 2014 by authorizing the remaining $3 billion of bond authority approved by voters in 2007.
  • Allow local governments to use a portion of sales tax or property tax revenues for infrastructure including transportation projects through the creation of the Transportation Reinvestment Zones (TRZs).
  • Allow some project to move faster through the process by providing additional Comprehensive Development Agreements (CDAs).

Keep the Momentum Going

Despite these solid achievements during this first session, the work is far from done.  Texas still lacks a sustainable, long-term source of revenue to meet the demands of population growth and that maintains the state’s position as the leading job producer in the nation. 

This next year TAoT will:

  1. Engage during the interim, influencing committee charges and supporting transportation studies, to ensure the legislature stays focused on implementing a long-term, stable source of additional revenue.
  2. Build a network of organizations and associations to share information and encourage participation in state and local transportation issues.
  3. Identify more regional and statewide leaders to carry the message both to the public and to Texas’ elected officials
  4. Work with the new leadership at TxDOT to ensure that new legislation is implemented and the funding is distributed.

Transportation Advocates of Texas invites you to learn more about the organization at a reception during the upcoming Texas Transportation Forum. New Texas Transportation Commission Chair Ted Houghton will be Texas’ special guest speaker.

TAoT is expecting a great year in 2012.  Working together to secure transportation resource that will enhance mobility, improve air quality, relieve gridlock, improve connectivity and safety, maintain existing infrastructure, and energize the Texas economy.  For more information go to www.texastransportation.org.

Friday
Jan202012

Steffy: Oil in, gasoline out, and U.S. benefits

Click here for complete article > Houston Chronicle

January 14, 2012

Alex Pourbaix, a TransCanada executive, tells officials last week that the company will soon have a new route that will allay environmental worries for the proposed $7 billion pipeline designed to carry oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast. Photo: James MacPherson / APFor the first time in six decades, the U.S. is exporting more gasoline and diesel fuel than it imports.

That, if you believe the critics, shows that the Keystone XL pipeline, which would ship crude oil from Canada to Gulf Coast refiners, is an export scam. In other words, the oil that Keystone would bring in will simply be refined and shipped out again, so the whole project is nothing more than a ploy in which U.S. refiners boost profits by tapping lucrative foreign markets…

 

Wednesday
Jan182012

Obama administration to reject Keystone pipeline

Looks like the decision is made on Keystone.  How disappointing for our economy!

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Click here for complete article > Washington Post

January 18, 2012

The Obama administration will announce this afternoon it is rejecting a Canadian firm’s application for a permit to build and operate a massive oil pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border, according to sources who have been briefed on the matter.

However the administration will allow TransCanada to reapply after it develops an alternate route through the sensitive habitat of Nebraska’s Sandhills. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns will make the announcement, which comes in response to a congressionally-mandated deadline of Feb. 21 for action on the proposed Keystone pipeline.

Wednesday
Jan182012

President Obama will be sending a clear message with Keystone XL decision

Click here for complete article > The Oklahoman Editorial

January 18, 2012

OKLAHOMANS should hope President Barack Obama eventually comes to his senses and gives the go-ahead to construction of TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL pipeline, because it will mean jobs and revenue for our state.

The pipeline, which would move oil from the tar sands of Canada to the Gulf Coast, seemed headed for approval before the administration, in a nod to environmentalists, changed course in November and said the project would be delayed until 2013 to allow further study. This came after three years of study, including the State Department's environmental review. Why propose waiting until 2013? Because there's an election first…

Wednesday
Jan182012

Truckers want ring road pronto

Growing freight movement across the Ports-to-Plains Region.

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Click here for complete article > Medicine Hat News

The Trans-Canada Highway through Medicine Hat is a thorn in the side of the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) and its 4,500 carriers coast to coast.

In December, the CTA placed the need for a ring road around Medicine Hat on its list of areas of national infrastructure that need attention now. The to-do list — aimed at helping governments set spending priorities and improve transportation and trade efficiencies — was compiled with the help of provincial and regional trucking associations across the country.

Carl Rosenau, president of the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA), said Medicine Hat is one of the worst cities in Canada when it comes to highway traffic flow…

Monday
Jan162012

Wyoming Trade through Ports-to-Plains Region – 2004-2010

Ports-to-Plains Alliance

The Ports-to-Plains Alliance Region covers a nine state region extending from Mexico through Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana into Canada. 

The purpose of this report to provide a picture of the trade, specifically by truck and rail associated with the state of Wyoming, which is using the current transportation system to move goods throughout the north-south Ports-to-Plains region. 

The second document is an explanation of the Data Points included in the Region's and Individual state trading relationships 2004 - 2010.  Pass your cursor over the bubbles to see the explanation of what the data represents.

Wyoming Trading Relationship through the Ports-to-Plains Region -- 2004-2010

 

Explanation of Data Points

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