Damage Prevention & Safety

Debra Shore Set to Lead EPA Midwestern Office

President Biden appointed Debra Shore to lead the EPA's Midwestern office.

PPI Introduces New Standard for HDPE Pressure Pipes and Fittings

A new standard for HDPE pressure pipes and fittings has been added and will be effective Nov. 1, 2021.

2nd Spill in Weeks at US Steel Plant Prompts Precautions

A US Steel plant began leaking wastewater for the second time in two weeks.

Shifting Ground Prompts Utility to Shut Down Gas Main

A utility in Michigan shut down a gas main due to ground shifting beneath the pavement.

Ohio Senator Visits Advanced Drainage Systems to Discuss the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment

U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), a lead Republican negotiator of the bipartisan infrastructure legislation that recently passed the U.S. Senate, met with leadership and employees at Advanced Drainage System, Inc. (ADS) and discussed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act. Following the..

Gas Explosion in Mexico Building Kills At Least 1

A gas leak in a building in Mexico caused an explosion injuring 29 and killing at least 1.

Sewage Plants Hit by Ransomware Attacks in Maine

Two sewage plants in rural Maine were hit with ransomware attacks.

Companies Remind Communities to Call 811 Before Digging

Piedmont Natural Gas and Duke Energy are reminding customers to call 811 before digging to protect underground infrastructure.

Crew Safety Failure Led to Natural Gas Release and Fire in San Francisco Neighborhood

An investigation determined that safety procedures were not followed in a 2019 natural gas release and fire.

Florida Officials Sue Over Tampa Bay Wastewater Dumping

Florida officials are suing an old fertilizer plant over a 215 million gallon spill that occurred earlier this year.

Regulators Plan to Fine Pipeline Operators for Safety Issues

Federal regulators plan to fine the operator of the Dakota Access Pipeline over safety violations.

Massachusetts Officials Warn of Dead Fish, Strange Odors in Charles River

Officials in Massachusetts recommend keeping away from the Charles River due to unusual odors and dead fish.

Common Ground Alliance Releases Newest Edition of Best Practices Guide

The Common Ground Alliance has released a new edition of its Best Practices Guide.

PG&E Announces New Electric Infrastructure Safety Initiative to Protect Communities from Wildfire Threat

PG&E announces a new initiative to protect communities from wildfire threats by expanding its underground electric distribution power lines.

New Cybersecurity Order Issued for US Pipeline Operators

The Department of Homeland Security introduced new requirements for pipeline cybersecurity.

Governor Asks Californians to Voluntarily Cut Water Use

California governor asks residents and businesses to cut water use as the region faces droughts.

LSC-University Park Provides Steady Career Path Safeguarding Pipelines

Lone Star College-University Park developed a program for a career in corrosion control.

Analysis: Louisiana Lawmakers Tackle Water System Upgrades

Officials in Louisiana are working to improve the state's water systems through infrastructure upgrades and effective grading metrics.

Army Corps Plans Thorough Review of Great Lakes Tunnel Plan

The Army Corps plans an extensive review of an Enbridge oil pipeline project planned to be placed under a Great Lakes channel.

Environmentalists Sue Over Wastewater Leak in Florida

Environmentalists in Florida filed a lawsuit over the hazardous wastewater in Tampa Bay caused by a leaky reservoir.

Company Agrees to Settle Alleged Clean Water Act Violations

Phoenix Petroleum agrees to pay a penalty in a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Citgo to Pay $19.7M for Louisiana Wastewater Spill Damage

Citgo agreed to pay $19.7 million for environmental damage from a 2006 wastewater spill.

Kansas Officials Warn Johnson County Residents of Sewage in Tomahawk Creek

Officials warn Johnson County residents near Tomahawk Creek to avoid the creek due to a sewer line break.

Utah Governor Calls for Reduced Water Usage Amid Drought

The governor of Utah urges state residents and businesses to reduce their water usage due to drought.

Red Tide Limits Harvesting at Aquatic Farms in Tampa Bay

Red tide blooms caused by wastewater containments are impacting water quality in Tampa Bay.

United Rentals Trench Safety Digital Learning Series Discusses Safety Powered by Productivity

United Rentals will have an online series June 14-18 that offers free educational sessions about work safety.

Alaska Governor Declares Disaster for Area After Flooding

Flooding in areas in northwest Alaska caused significant damage to home, roads and utility infrastructure.

Biden Pledges Aggressive Response to Pipeline Cyber Attacks

President Joe Biden pledges to respond aggressively to the cyber attacks on Colonial Pipeline.

$302M in BP Oil Spill Money Budgeted to Restore Ecosystems

Texas may receive up to $79 million in restoration money from a BP oil spill.

Tunnel Boring Machine “MudHoney” Ready to Get to Work in Seattle

The Tunnel Boring Machine is now in use for a water quality project in Washington to prevent polluted water from entering multiple lakes and canals.