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Part three of a three part series investigating environmental, corruption, and health concerns related to the $3.7 billion oil pipeline under construction in Chad and Cameroon. The pipeline, built by an international consortium, including the World Bank, ExxonMobil, and ChevronTexaco, is expected to begin pumping oil for the U.S. market by the end of 2003. Reporter Ken Silverstein reveals concerns that AIDS may become the pipeline's greatest legacy, despite World Bank claims that the project would bring significant resources to Chad and Cameroon. Researchers fear that the truckers, workers and prostitutes populating the pipeline route are spreading the HIV virus and will increase infection rates when they return home.