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Plastics Pipe Institute Cancels Annual Meeting

The Plastics Pipe Institute has canceled its annual meeting due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Underground Construction and Related Industries Respond to Coronavirus

While much of North America hunkers down to wait out the coronavirus pandemic, essential workers at companies throughout the underground construction industry are continuing to deliver vital services to customers.

TC Energy Proceeds with Keystone XL After Alberta Commits $1.1 Billion

Construction on the Keystone XL pipeline could begin as early as this week after the Alberta government committed more than $1 billion to the project.

AGC Survey Shows 28% of Contractor Projects Impacted by Coronavirus

A recent survey by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) shows that over 25% of contractor projects have been delayed or halted in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Construction Industry Calls on Local Leaders to Keep Work Sites Open

Construction industry organizations are asking local leaders to view construction work as essential and keep job sites open around the country.

Italy's Snam Takes Steps to Guarantee Gas Flows During Coronavirus Outbreak

Italian gas grid operator Snam has put in place emergency measures to ensure it can keep gas flowing during the coronavirus outbreak.

Caterpillar Global Operator Challenge Champion Crowned at CONEXPO 2020

Caterpillar's year-long Global Operator Challenge Competition wrapped up with nine teams from around the world competing at the company's exhibit at CONEXPO 2020.

No-Dig 2020 Postponed Due to Coronavirus

The 2020 No-Dig show has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Judge Approves $143M Natural Gas Explosions Settlement

A Massachusetts judge approved a $143 million class-action settlement Thursday for residents and business owners affected by natural gas explosions in Massachusetts in 2018.

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Feds to Fund Water Infrastructure Projects in Four States The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $2.7 billion for infrastructure projects that help protect surface water and provide safe drinking water to communities across the country. The State Revolving Fun..

NACE International Postpones Corrosion 2020 Due to Coronavirus

The NACE Board of Directors voted Friday to postpone its annual CORROSION 2020 conference and expo following reports of coronavirus cases in the Houston area.

ClockSpring|NRI Announces New Chief Executive Officer

Clockspring|NRI has announced that Frank Firsching has been named the company’s new Chief Executive Officer effective immediately.

API Issues New Pipeline Safety and Sustainability Standard

The American Petroleum Institute (API) today issued a new standard for pipeline inspectors to enhance safety and sustainability during pipeline construction.

Eversource to Acquire Columbia Gas of Massachusetts Assets for $1.1 Billion

Eversource Energy announced that it has reached an agreement to purchase the Massachusetts natural gas assets of Columbia Gas for $1.1 billion from NiSource.

Fort Lauderdale Fined Nearly $2 Million for String of Sewer Leaks

The state of Florida is fining the city of Fort Lauderdale $1.8 million for a series of sewage spills that spilled over 200 million gallons of sewage from December 2019 through February 2020.

Utility to Pay $53M for Fatal Gas Line Explosion

A utility company will pay the largest criminal fine ever imposed for breaking a federal pipeline safety law — $53 million — and plead guilty to causing a series of natural gas explosions in Massachusetts that killed one person and damaged dozens of homes, federal officials said Wednesday.

Vermeer Introduces High-Capacity, Truck-Mounted Vacuum Excavators

Vermeer Corporation announced it has purchased a minority equity investment in and signed a distribution agreement with Vacuum X-Traction Products Inc. (VXP).

Texas Railroad Commission Adopts New Pipeline Safety Rules

The Railroad Commission (RRC) of Texas has adopted new natural gas pipeline safety rules regarding the type of natural gas distribution pipelines that are allowed to be installed.

HDD Hall of Fame Inducts Cherrington, Melsheimer as Inaugural Pioneers

Industry pioneers Dick Melsheimer and Martin Cherrington became the first inductees into the HDD Hall of Fame on Wednesday in its inaugural ceremony at the Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition in Fort Worth, Texas.

INGAA President and Industry Veteran Don Santa Announces Retirement

After nearly two decades leading the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), Don Santa announced today that he will retire from the organization effective February 15, 2020.

U.S. Supreme Court Will Not Hear Flint Water Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take a case stemming from the 2014 water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Avanti Expands Product Offerings

avantigrout.com Avanti has added an AV-500 Epoxy line to its portfolio of injection solutions used to stabilize soils and rock, restore structural inte..

ISCO Division Partners with TV Pipe Solutions

isco-pipe.com ISCO Industries’ culvert-lining division, Snap-Tite, has established a master distribution agreement with TV Pipe Solutions. The agreement covers the full line of culvert rehabilitation product, including Snap-Tite pipe liners, from 8- to 63-inch diameter and up to 132 inches, the Hyd..

Global Pipeline Construction Outlook 2020

For those who thought producer retrenchment in U.S. shale basins, global trade wars or middling commodity prices would stop pipeline expansion dead in its tracks: Move along, folks. There’s nothing to see here.

House Dems to Approve Tough Pipeline Bill

Democrats in the House are about to pass a new pipeline safety bill, which is unlikely to attract any Republican support. The Pipeline Safety Act (H.R. 5120), passed by two House committees in November with no GOP votes in favor, also clashes with the bi-partisan bill passed last summer by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.

$234 Billion CAPEX Expected over Next 10 Years for Water/Wastewater Infrastructure

More than $234 billion of capital expenditures (CAPEX) are forecasted over the next decade to address aging municipal water and wastewater pipe network infrastructure. Precipitated by decades of underinvestment, municipal utilities are under increasing pressure to address deteriorating linear assets at a faster pace.

Ohio Power Siting Board Approves Natural Gas Pipeline Route

The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) has approved a route for Duke Energy’s Central Corridor natural gas pipeline following a review of the company’s application and hearings on the 14-mile project.

Doosan Infracore Demonstrates Automated Construction Site Solution

Doosan Infracore (DI) has unveiled ‘Concept-X’, an automated worksite control solution, at its Proving Grounds in Boryeong City, Korea.

LAN Starts Construction of Conroe Treatment Plant

LEM Construction Co has begun construction of a $60 million wastewater treatment plant for the City of Conroe, the fast-growing seat of Montgomery County, located north of Houston.

USDA to Invest Over $630 Million in Water Improvement for Rural Communities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy has announced that the department is investing $635 million in 122 projects to improve water systems and wastewater handling services in rural communities in 42 states.