Damage Prevention & Safety

Industry Study Evaluates Underground Facility Locating Process

A comprehensive study is now available that investigates the facility locating process and offers underground facility operators recommendations to accurately locate and mark their facilities.

Infrastructure Victory Creates New Challenges for Biden

President Biden faces new challenges after his $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill cleared Congress.

California's PUC OKs Boosting Storage at Infamous Gas Field

Regulators in California have voted to increase the capacity of an underground gas storage field in the Los Angeles area that previously leaked methane.

Michigan City with Lead in Water Ordered to Fix Water Plant

A Michigan city urges residents to not drink tap water due to high levels of lead found at the water plant.

California Proposes New Oil Drilling Ban Near Neighborhoods

California officials proposed to ban new oil and gas drilling near neighborhoods.

New CGA Report Documents Pathways to Improving the Efficiency of the U.S. Damage Prevention System

A new report from Common Ground Alliance encourages innovation and new practices to address challenges facing the damage prevention industry.

In South Texas, Aging Water System Meets Growing Population

Aging water systems in South Texas may not hold up against the area's growing population.

Maine’s Governor Backs Federal Plan to Tackle PFAS Contamination

Maine's governor supports the federal plan to improve issues with PFAS.

EPA Unveils Strategy to Regulate Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’

The EPA announced a new strategy to restrict PFAS into the environment.

Michigan Governor Orders Urgent Response to Lead Crisis

The governor of Michigan orders government response to high levels of lead found in Benton Harbor tap water.

Clear Lake Completes Phase 3A of Exploration Green

Clear Lake City Water Authority completes Phase 3A of Exploration Green in Southeast Houston.

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.