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  • Special Report: A $439 million camp adds to Boy Scouts money crunch

    07/16/2013 5:20:15 PM PDT · by MacNaughton · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/15/2013 | Robin Respaut and Brian Grow
    Known as The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, the 10,600-acre park opens Monday, when 30,000 scouts are expected to visit for the quadrennial National Jamboree. The Summit will have more than 5 miles of zip lines, a whitewater-rafting circuit, a 120-foot tree house and a stadium for 85,000 people.
  • ConocoPhillips proposes big Alaskan natural gas pipeline

    11/30/2007 8:25:24 AM PST · by Westlander · 29 replies · 123+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 11-30-2007 | AP
    (AP) - ConocoPhillips said today it's submitted a proposal to develop an Alaskan pipeline to carry about four billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to the United States and Canada.
  • Bechtel ends Iraq rebuilding after a rough 3 years

    10/31/2006 9:33:35 PM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies · 711+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/31/6 | David R. Baker
    Bechtel Corp. went to Iraq three years ago to help rebuild a nation torn by war. Since then, 52 of its people have been killed and much of its work sabotaged as Iraq dissolved into insurgency and sectarian violence. Now Bechtel is leaving. The San Francisco engineering company's last government contract to rebuild power, water and sewage plants across Iraq expired on Tuesday. Some employees remain to finish the paperwork, but essentially, the company's job is done. Bechtel's contracts were part of an enormous U.S. effort to put Iraq back on its feet after decades of wars and sanctions. That...
  • Christy Mihos Ad

    10/01/2006 7:02:15 PM PDT · by charliedontsurf · 45 replies · 1,549+ views
    Christy Mihos Website ^ | Oct 1, 2001 | Christy Mihos
    This is the Christy Mihos commercial that has been in the news around Boston. Produced by Bill Hillsman of Northwoods Ads in MN it's caused quite a ruckus here in Massachusetts. The commercial depicts Independent candidate for Governor Christy Mihos asking Big Dig engineers and politicians why the Big Dig is billions of dollars over budget. The bechtel engineers and politicians do what they do best.
  • AG Lines Up Grand Jury in Dig Manslaughter Probe [State Passes $20M Big D Audit Bill]

    08/31/2006 6:49:07 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 2 replies · 338+ views
    Boston Herald.Com ^ | Thursday, August 31, 2006 | Casey Ross
    Attorney General Tom Reilly is seeking a special grand jury to grill more than a dozen key witnesses in the Big Dig manslaughter probe, moving swiftly after documents revealed widespread knowledge of ceiling problems in the tunnel where Milena Del Valle was killed, a law enforcment source said. The grand jury, expected to be convened Oct. 3, will hear evidence for six months as investigators seek criminal indictments against officials involved in construction of the I-90 Seaport Connector Tunnel. Several key officials have already retained lawyers, the source said. “Nothing we have seen to date takes us off the path...
  • South Florida Intifada

    08/22/2006 7:16:34 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies · 1,341+ views ^ | August 22, 2006 | Joe Kaufman
    American universities rank among the best in the world, but they also boast another, more dubious distinction: They are home to some of the world’s most radical academics. Last month, one of these select individuals, UC Berkeley professor Hatem Bazian, brought his hate-filled show to two extremist Islamic Centers in South Florida. Both of these institutions are in the process of building large-scale mosques in their respective cities. And, given that their guest had previously called for attacks on the United States, the question naturally arose: Were these institutions looking to make friends in the community or to start a holy war?Past...
  • [Tunnel Failure Investigators Say] 60 Bad Fixtures Found in Ceiling

    07/13/2006 4:13:44 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 25 replies · 1,080+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 07/13/2006 | Raja Mishra and Sean P. Murphy
    Inspectors have found at least 60 faulty bolt fixtures that supported the ceiling of the Interstate 90 connector tunnel in the same section where concrete ceiling panels fell and crushed Milena Del Valle, state officials said yesterday. Though the tunnel passed at least one previous safety inspection, the faulty bolt fixtures -- which Turnpike Authority officials yesterday called ``suspect" and ``compromised" -- went unnoticed until the 38-year-old's death Monday night spurred an unprecedented criminal investigation of the Big Dig's safety. State officials were uncertain whether the faulty bolt fixtures found in the approximately 50 ceiling panels along 200 feet of...
  • U.S., Britain conduct nuclear experiment at Nevada Test Site

    02/23/2006 9:13:04 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 402+ views
    Associated Press ^ | February 23, 2006
    Excerpt - LAS VEGAS (AP) - U.S. and British government scientists performed an underground nuclear experiment, short of a nuclear blast, Tuesday at the Nevada Test Site, the National Nuclear Security Administration said. Scientists for the first time posted a nearly eight minute video Web log of preparations for the subcritical experiment. The operation, dubbed "Krakatau," involved detonating high explosives around a radioactive material in a vault about 1,000 feet below ground at a remote part of the desert testing range. "This was the first time this much video was made available before the experiment," said Kevin Rohrer, a Nevada...
  • California Is Surprise Winner in Bid to Run Los Alamos

    12/22/2005 3:54:55 PM PST · by anymouse · 19 replies · 623+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 22, 2005 | WILLIAM J. BROAD
    In a surprise finish to months of battle, the University of California prevailed yesterday in its bid to run Los Alamos National Laboratory, the storied weapons research center in the mountains of New Mexico and the birthplace of the atomic bomb. The university teamed with the Bechtel Corporation, the world's largest construction and engineering company, and two other industrial giants to win the contract. It is the first time the laboratory's management has been put up for bidding. Federal officials announced the winner in Washington yesterday. Most analysts expected that the contract would be wrenched away from the University of...
  • U.S. to Fund Chinese Agency Aiding Iranian and Pakistani Nukes

    03/02/2005 3:03:57 PM PST · by Bald Eagle777 · 9 replies · 509+ views
    Human Events ^ | March 2, 2005 | Timothy P. Carney
    There is an arm of the Chinese government that has repeatedly aided the nuclear weapons programs of Pakistan and Iran. Now that arm is in line for a $5-billion loan deal from the U.S. government--for the benefit of two major U.S. corporations. The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im), an independent federal agency that finances exports, has granted a preliminary commitment for the largest deal in it is history: $5 billion in loans and loan guarantees to the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) to build nuclear power plants. According to U.S. government reports, CNNC has been tied to at...
  • Carquinez Bridge demolition costs soar (SF Bay Area)

    12/09/2004 10:56:04 PM PST · by Simmy2.5 · 18 replies · 781+ views
    SF Gate/San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Thursday, December 9, 2004 | Michael Cabanatuan, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Demolition of the old Carquinez Bridge will cost more than three times as much as the state estimated, the latest example of a huge Caltrans cost overrun on a Bay Area bridge project. A committee of the Bay Area Toll Authority reluctantly agreed Wednesday to allot $49.7 million for the demolition and removal of the original span of the bridge, a job that state engineers had said would cost $16 million. The 1927-vintage span, considered too fragile for seismic strengthening, was replaced in November 2003 by the Al Zampa Bridge.
  • It's a Dirty Job, but They Do It, Secretly, in Iraq

    06/18/2004 9:16:30 PM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 14 replies · 250+ views
    New York Times ^ | 06/19/04 | JAMES GLANZ
    June 19, 2004 It's a Dirty Job, but They Do It, Secretly, in IraqBy JAMES GLANZ AGHDAD, Iraq, June 18 — It was an engineering success on the order of stringing the first cables for the Brooklyn Bridge or coaxing the first glimmer of starlight through some giant telescope to unravel the structure of the universe. But when it occurred late last month, the achievement remained cloaked in absolute secrecy, marked only by a quiet celebration among participants who may remain forever unknown to history.Raw sewage was treated in Baghdad.The stream of treated water that eventually found its way into...
  • Code Pink: International War Profiteer Protest; Stop the Corporate Invasion of Iraq!

    02/21/2004 6:42:15 PM PST · by BillF · 17 replies · 246+ views
    Code Pink ^ | prior to February 17, 2004 | America-hating leftist
    International War Profiteer ProtestFeb. 24: Stop the Corporate Invasion of Iraq! On February 24, protest Halliburton, Bechtel, and the other corporations that are making millions in Iraq, and speak out for Iraqi workers’ rights and self-determination.WHAT: International day of protest to end the corporate invasion of Iraq and support Iraqi workers’ rightsWHEN: Tuesday, February 24WHERE: In your city, at the offices of Halliburton, Bechtel, or another war profiteering company (see suggestions below)Click here to find protests in your area, or list you here for a sample press release.Following on the heels of the military invasion of Iraq, another invasion began:...
  • U.S.-Iraqi Teamwork Grows Skills While Restoring Powerplant

    02/06/2004 3:34:08 AM PST · by snopercod · 4 replies · 205+ views
    Engineering News Record ^ | February 3, 2004 | Glen C. Carey in Baghdad
    In rehabilitating a crucial powerplant, Iraqi engineers are enhancing their skills and broadening their experience under the supervision of a U.S.-based contractor while strengthening their country’s generation base. But the Bechtel-led restoration project at Baghdad’s 640-Mw Daura Powerplant also highlights the difficulties Iraqi contractors face on restoration contracts and the dangers they confront in cooperating with the U.S. occupation. In November 2003, San Francisco-based Bechtel awarded Iraq’s United Co. the $1-million subcontract to provide labor to revamp two steam turbines at the four-unit Daura power station on the outskirts of Baghdad. Fawzi Elia, United’s project manager, explains that the company...
  • Bechtel Receives Iraqi Reconstruction Contract

    01/06/2004 3:30:05 PM PST · by Calpernia · 5 replies · 140+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan. 6, 2004 | By K.L. Vantran
    Bechtel National Inc. has been selected as contractor for Iraq Infrastructure II, a program to rehabilitate and repair Iraq's infrastructure, an official with the Agency for International Development said here today. Bechtel is teamed with Parsons of Pasadena, Calif., and Horne Engineering Services of Fairfax, Va., for the $1.8 billion contract. It will be implemented over 24 months in partnership with the Coalition Provisional Authority and in cooperation with Iraqi contractors, Gordon H. West, acting assistant administrator in AID's Asia and Near East Bureau told reporters in the Pentagon. This contract basically will follow the contract currently under way, officials...
  • Bechtel Fails Reconstruction of Iraq's Schools

    12/06/2003 8:52:56 AM PST · by avg_freeper · 14 replies · 195+ views
    CorpWatch ^ | December 2, 2003 | Karim El-Gawhary
    In Iraq, school administrators are struggling to keep their classroom doors open and their students educated, in the face of many obstacles unleashed by the occupation of the country. Looting has become commonplace, while lack of supplies and the decay of basic infrastructure make teaching a challenge. Into this situation steps Bechtel Corporation, the San Francisco-based engineering and construction giant. In April Bechtel was awarded a contract by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for the reconstruction of Iraq's primary and secondary schools, as part of a deal worth up to $1.03 billion to rebuild Iraq's infrastructure. But the...
  • Local Iraqi builders call bids difficult

    11/26/2003 12:25:21 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 153+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, November 26, 2003 | By Peyman Pejman
    <p>BAGHDAD -- Some Iraqi construction companies say they are being shut of out reconstruction contracts by discriminatory practices and unreasonable standards.</p> <p>U.S. officials reject the charges and say much of the frustration is caused by a misunderstanding of the contractors' legal obligations.</p>
  • Port Open, Schools Renovated as Iraq Reconstruction Continues

    10/31/2003 10:01:44 AM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 8 replies · 543+ views
    DoD - American Forces Press Service ^ | Oct. 31, 2003 | K.L. Vantran
    Port Open, Schools Renovated as Iraq Reconstruction Continues By K.L. VantranAmerican Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2003 – The work of Bechtel International Systems Inc., under contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development in support of the Coalition Provisional Authority's reconstruction effort in Iraq, is well under way. The Port of Umm Qasr can receive large grain-bearing ships. More than 1,200 schools were renovated in time for the new school year. The water and wastewater facilities at Baghdad and Basrah international airports have been updated. Three bridges – Khazir, Al Mat and Tikrit – are under re-construction....
  • U.S. contractors weigh risks of working in Iraq

    10/27/2003 4:19:41 PM PST · by Brian S · 3 replies · 142+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10-27-03
    By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) - U.S. contractors helping to rebuild Iraq weighed the risks of operating in such a hostile environment on Monday, after a string of deadly coordinated attacks in Baghdad. Suicide bombers struck four times in Baghdad on Monday, killing 35 people and wounding 230 in attacks that included one on the Red Cross. On Sunday, rockets pounded a hotel where a top Pentagon official was staying, killing a U.S. colonel and injuring 17 others. Government contractors, many of them with hundreds of millions of dollars in business at stake, said publicly they were committed...
  • A Fresh Start for Iraqi Children

    10/24/2003 10:15:24 AM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 14 replies · 207+ views
    A Fresh Start for Iraqi Children Bechtel joins with Iraqi contractors and workers to renovate damaged schools   Most of the schools in Iraq escaped damage during the conflict that toppled Saddam Hussein, but they’re damaged nonetheless. Years of neglect under a harsh regime left them dilapidated, and at many schools, whatever dignity remained was stripped away, along with plumbing, wiring, light fixtures, and desks, during the wave of looting and vandalism that followed the fighting. So when the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) took on the task of rebuilding key aspects of the country’s infrastructure, one of...
  • Iraq: Reconstruction contracts, Business centre gateway to tenders

    09/24/2003 3:11:17 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 1,507+ views
    IRAQ Today ^ | 09/22/03 | Ali B. AL-Shouk
    Date posted: 22.09.2003. Reconstruction contracts Business centre gateway to tenders By Ali B. AL-Shouk BAGHDAD - The Baghdad Business Centre (BC) is responsible for providing information of Iraqi subcontractors to the Coalition, Bechtel and Kellog Brown and Root (KBR) for participation in the reconstruction of the country. "We met the Iraqi businessmen and the Iraqi companies every day from 9 to 12 in the morning and took their information to compile in a database. The BC is like an information source and it's an important link between businessmen and CPA, KBR and Bechtel, "explained Specialist Varetta Barnes, assistant director of...
  • Rivals Say Halliburton Dominates Iraq Oil Work

    08/08/2003 7:44:11 AM PDT · by Brian S · 4 replies · 166+ views
    New York Times ^ | 08-08-03
    By NEELA BANERJEE New York Times August 08, 2003 The Bechtel Group, one of the world's biggest engineering and construction companies, has dropped out of the running for a contract to rebuild the Iraqi oil industry, as other competitors have begun to conclude that the bidding process favors the one company already working in Iraq, Halliburton. After the United States Army Corps of Engineers quietly selected Halliburton in the spring to perform early repairs of the Iraqi oil business in the aftermath of the war, other companies and members of Congress protested that the work should have been awarded through...
  • Bechtel, most contracts for Iraqis -will give most subcontracts to Iraqi firms

    06/05/2003 7:49:13 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 6 replies · 152+ views
    Bechtel, most contracts for Iraqis US engineering giant Bechtel charged with the initial contract to rebuild Iraq says it will give most subcontracts to Iraqi firms and not the international companies desparate for a share, reported Reuters. Foreign firms will be tapped only for equipment not available in Iraq or top-end design and engineering services, said officials. Bechtel has been overwhelmed by interest in Iraqi contracts.
  • Iraq Deals: Who Got What -- And Why

    04/28/2003 8:50:48 PM PDT · by tuna_battle_slight_return · 9 replies · 149+ views
    When U.S. government agencies awarded Halliburton (HAL) and Bechtel Group contracts to help rebuild Iraq, observers cried foul. Lawmakers, media commentators, and even British companies complained that politics was involved: Vice-President Dick Cheney, it was noted, ran Halliburton from 1995 to 2000, and Bechtel's Republican ties reach back generations. Moreover, the critics said, deals worth billions of dollars were being handed out in a secretive process that unfairly excluded foreign competitors. Not so, say government officials who oversaw the process. The contracts were awarded by career civil servants, not political appointees, on the basis of technical merit, following strict government...
  • Iraqi Exile Criticizes US Contract Awards

    04/19/2003 1:35:26 PM PDT · by what's up · 24 replies · 228+ views
    KUWAIT (Reuters) - A prominent Iraqi exile said on Saturday only a democratically elected government should be allowed to sign the massive contracts needed to reconstruct the country. Former Foreign Minister Adnan Pachachi criticized Washington over its plans for a U.S.-led civilian authority to hand out reconstruction contracts without the approval of an elected Iraqi government. No one has the right to commit Iraq to obligations and costs," he told a news conference in Kuwait. "Only an Iraqi government can do that. A parliament should also endorse the agreements." The U.S. government on Thursday awarded Bechtel Corp. a $680-million-contract to...
  • U.S. Gives Bechtel a Major Contract in Rebuilding Iraq

    04/17/2003 8:23:16 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 23 replies · 274+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 04/18/03 | ELIZABETH BECKER and RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr.
    WASHINGTON, April 17 — The Bush administration awarded the Bechtel Group of San Francisco the first major contract today in a vast reconstruction plan for Iraq that assigns no position of authority to the United Nations or Europe. The contract, which was awarded by the United States Agency for International Development, had set off a heated contest among some of the nation's most politically connected construction concerns. The award will initially pay Bechtel, a closely held San Francisco company that posted $11.6 billion in revenue last year, $34.6 million and could go up to $680 million over 18 months.But those...
  • Turkey prepares to push hard for reconstruction contracts

    04/17/2003 8:04:58 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies · 256+ views
    Financial Times ^ | April 17 2003 5:00 | By Leyla Boulton in Ankara
    Turkey, which says it lost $30bn (£19bn) in trade with Iraq after the 1991 Gulf war, is preparing to compete for a substantial share in the business of rebuilding Iraq. The foreign ministry said yesterday it had appointed Ahmet Okcu, a senior diplomat, to co-ordinate government and private sector lobbying efforts. Nihat Ozdemir, head of the Turkish Contractors' Union, said he would be pleased if Turkey could secure 20 per cent of the reconstruction contracts, which could be worth as much as $100bn. Tusiad, the Turkish business association, is sending a mission to Washington next month to "warm up bilateral...
  • Bechtel wins hugh Iraq reconstruction contract

    04/17/2003 2:13:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies · 275+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 4-17-03 | LARRY MARGASAK
    <p>WASHINGTON - The government on Thursday awarded a big contract to evaluate and repair Iraq's power, water and sewage systems to Bechtel Corp. of San Francisco.</p> <p>The initial award by the U.S. Agency for International Development was for $34.6 million, although the contract could be worth up to $680 million over 18 months.</p>
  • Good Bechtel, Bad Bechtel

    04/12/2003 5:28:43 PM PDT · by WaterDragon · 28 replies · 524+ views
    Oregon Magazine ^ | April 12, 2003 | Steve Schopp
    Senator Wyden and other Democrats are concerned that Bechtel Corp. is not having to competitively bid for contract work in Iraq. Hmm? That name rings a bell. Oh yes. It's the same Bechtel Corp. that was handed without bid the contract to build the Airport Max. It's the same Bechtel that was handed 120 acres of Oregon public land. The same Bechtel that never revealed what precisely they paid or earned. Senator Wyden and every Democrat in Oregon wholly endorsed what was called a "public-private partnership". Democrats who control the Port of Portland, Metro, Tri-Met, the City of Portland and...
  • US firms set to cash in on reconstruction of Iraq

    03/11/2003 8:05:21 AM PST · by liberallarry · 11 replies · 250+ views
    The Guardian (England) ^ | March 11, 2003 | Danny Penman
    The American government is on the verge of awarding construction contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars to rebuild Iraq once Saddam Hussein is deposed. Halliburton, one of the companies in the running for the highly profitable deals, was formerly headed by the US vice-president, Dick Cheney. Halliburton has already been awarded a lucrative contract to resurrect the Iraqi oilfields if there is a war. Other companies have strong ties to the US administration, including the construction giant Bechtel, the Fluor Corporation, and the Louis Berger Group, which is involved in the reconstruction of Afghanistan. Only US companies are on...
  • Big Dig? Try 'Money Pit'

    12/17/2002 7:27:02 AM PST · by Prolix · 1 replies · 293+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 12/17/2002 | Brian McGrory
    <p>That laughing sound you hear echoing through the completed Big Dig tunnels isn't coming from celebrating construction workers. No, it's the merry contractors who are skipping off with the last few hundred million in state overpayments.</p> <p>Welcome to the waning days of the Big Dig, not much different from the dying days of the Roman Empire, only this time for the engineering set.</p>
  • Rabid Media Morons

    07/06/2002 6:01:09 AM PDT · by WaterDragon · 19 replies · 262+ views
    Oregon Magazine ^ | July 6, 2002 | Larry Leonard
    Mainstream Media Moments - Oregon MagazineJuly 5, PBS, Bill Moyers' NOW - Celebrating the coming socialization of the world was the order of the day after Independence Day. The propaganda began with an expose of an American engineering firm from San Francisco which became the water boy for Bolivia when that nation slid into poverty because the WTO and the World Bank ordered them to stop growing coca leaf......(snip) For complete article, click here.
  • H2 Uh Oh: Local Governments Employ Leaky Logic

    04/09/2002 8:02:09 AM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 248+ views
    INSIGHT magazine ^ | April 8, 2002 | Sheila R. Cherry
    Multinational corporations that buy and sell water and water services are seeking public utilities in the industrialized world for what they hope will be guaranteed profits. In the United States, towns and cities are flirting with water privatization as a way to pass on the costs of upgrading their aging utility infrastructure. But water is unique. Unlike electricity, natural gas or telecommunications, everyone needs water to survive. Nonetheless, local officials worldwide are negotiating deals in private with companies that view a government-guaranteed monopoly on water as the ultimate deal. In their zeal to embrace white knights, local water boards...