Major U.S. transportation infrastructure projects are expected next year due to increased domestic oil and gas production

It is estimated that in 2013, as much as $45 billion may be spent on “new or expanded transportation infrastructure, including pipelines, rail cars, rail terminals and other projects” intended to transform and upgrade the logistics of domestic oil and natural gas transportation now that the United States is becoming an energy surplus nation, The Wall Street Journal reports. River barges and tanker trains are currently the preferred methods, since the existing U.S. pipeline network “isn’t configured to fully service the new production areas in the center of the country” and because new pipeline projects regularly face “legal and permitting challenges from environmental groups,” the article said. For more, read the full story.