Oil/Gas Pipelines

Iowa Officials: Refrigerator Likely Caused Natural Gas Explosion

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a refrigerator likely touched off an explosion of natural gas that ripped through a house in Fort Dodge. The four residents had just been told to leave the house when the blast occurred Feb. 14. Two were unharmed. Two were taken to a hospital. The Messenger ..

Wyoming Joins Iowa, Ohio In Anti-Pipeline Protest Legislation

Wyoming has become the third state to introduce a bill targeting pipeline protests, envisaging penalties of up to 10 years in prison for “impeding critical infrastructure” and up to US$1 million in fines for any organization that “aids, abets, solicits, encourages, hires, conspires, commands or proc..

Corroded Underground Electrical Cables Led to Fire in New York

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City fire officials say corrosion in underground electrical cables led to a chain-reaction fire that destroyed two cars near manholes. WABC-TV reports the two cars were destroyed after an underground fire Tuesday afternoon in the Bronx. The fire set off large plumes of blac..

Broken Pipes Cause Hundreds to Lose Water on Montana Reservation

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Nearly 200 homes are without running water on the Rocky Boy Reservation after a cold snap broke pipes last week. Yellowstone Public Media reported Wednesday that the reservation has been plagued by water shortages because federal funding for a much-needed water project ..

2 Injured When Natural Gas Blast Rips Through Iowa House

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Two people have been injured by a natural gas explosion at their home in central Iowa. The Messenger reports that the four residents had just been told to leave the Fort Dodge house Wednesday afternoon when the blast erupted. Two of the residents were unharmed. The two other..

CETCO

cetco.com CETCO introduced HERCULA-EZ, a cutting-edge additive used in conjunction with its bentonite-based drilling muds for horizontal directional drilling (HDD). With proper formulation, the system will produce a unique drilling fluid with excellent shear-thinning characteristics. At low shear ..

HammerHead

hammerheadtrehcnless.com The new 22-ton, radio remote-controlled HydroGuide HG2200 completes HammerHead’s line of next-generation cable winches designed for maximum efficiency and ease-of-use in pipe-bursting, slip-lining and pipe-slitting applications. Radio remote-control provides operators maxi..

Water Main Break Prompts Boil Order for Iowa Town

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) _ A water main break has led officials to issue a boil water notice for the nearly 27,000 residents of the eastern Iowa city of Clinton. The Quad-City Times reports that crews were working Tuesday to repair a 16-inch water main break in the 1400 block of 13th Avenue South. The b..

LAN Awarded For Layne Water Pipeline Project

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Texas awarded civil engineering firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc. (LAN) a gold medal, under the water and wastewater services category, for its work on the Layne water pipeline and infrastructure project. The Engineering Excellence Awards Comp..

Vortex Companies

The Vortex Companies, a leading trenchless rehabilitation industry solutions provider, has acquired VacVision Environmental, a trenchless infrastructure and service contractor. Located in South Carolina and Florida, VacVision will significantly bolster Vortex’s  brand and strength in the Southeast. ..

NASSCO Standard Bearers: Jeff Tinlin

EDITOR’S NOTE: NASSCO just completed its 42nd year and continues to set standards for the assessment and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure. As the association experiences remarkable growth, this series profiles those who have made significant contributions, and impacted the continued ac..

Making Pipe Dream A Reality

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking – the process of cracking rock deep underground to release oil and gas – has revolutionized the oil and gas industry and helped reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil. Industry estimates show U.S. crude oil production is up more than 85 percent, or some 4.5 million bar..

Will Oil Production, Natural Gas Price Upticks Lead To Pipeline Growth?

By Michael Reed, Contributing Editor While pointing to Hurricane Harvey as the reason for some ambiguity concerning oil prices in the short term, recent Energy Information Administration (EIA) projections have trended favorably for the pipeline industry in the coming year. In fact, with many Gulf ..

EPA Examining Further Changes To Methane Leak Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking a second look at its requirement for natural gas pipelines to repair compressor leaks as part of the methane emissions final rule the agency published in 2016. That rule – a new source performance standard (NSPS) regulating methane and volatile org..

Sewer Spill Shuts Beaches Along California's Central Coast

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 5 million gallons of sewage spilled into the ocean on California’s Central Coast after a filter at a water treatment plant got clogged and the computer system failed to sound an alarm, an official said Monday, forcing several popular beaches to close. The spill at the..

Water Line Break at Southern University Floods Library

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The days of unusually frigid weather in Louisiana have ruptured a water line to the library on Southern University’s main campus in Baton Rouge. Though the campus will reopen for students on Friday, Southern officials announced that the burst of the “major water line” at the..

Winter Weather Causes Water Problems in Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The worst of the freezing weather was coming to an end Thursday in south Louisiana, but the big thaw posed problems, too. Pipes damaged during two nights of unusually cold temperatures were thawing and leaking, leading to low water pressure in New Orleans and surrounding areas. ..

Much of New Orleans Under Boil Water Advisory

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Residents in much of New Orleans awoke to news that they should boil tap water before drinking it. Thursday’s boil advisory is the latest complication from severe winter weather. The city’s Sewerage and Water Board began reporting drops in water pressure in some areas Wednesday, ..

INTREN Opens East Coast Headquarters

INTREN today commemorated the opening of its new east coast regional office in Baltimore with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony. The facility represents the first regional headquarters for the company on the east coast and enables INTREN to offer its complete range of construction servi..

SippTech and SAK Construction Enter Into Exclusive National Installer Agreement

SIPP Technologies LLC (SippTech) today announced it has reached an agreement with SAK Construction LLC (SAK) for exclusive installation rights of its SippSteel™ robotic lining technology. Pursuant to the agreement, SAK is now the sole national installation contractor for SippTech’s multidimensional,..

Philadelphia Water Main Breaks Spike Since Christmas

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia water department says crews have been working “at an almost 24/7 pace” to deal with a high rate of water main breaks since Christmas. The department says there were 117 water main breaks in January 2017, but there have been 176 main breaks in the first half of t..

Utility: Weight of Fill Material Led to Gas Pipeline Fire

ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan utility says the weight of 21 feet of fill material was responsible for a November gas line rupture and massive fire in Oakland County’s Orion Township. Jackson-based Consumers Energy says Monday in a statement that the weight of the material “stressed the pi..

Raven Lining Systems, VersaFlex Complete Merger

Raven Lining Systems® and VersaFlex® Inc. today announced the companies have merged, effective Jan. 1, 2018. As part of the merger, VersaFlex’s Polyurea University will be combined with Raven Lining Systems’ Certified Applicator Program to develop an industry leading training and technical support ..

Gates Open, Delays at Newark Airport After Manhole Fire

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Officials at Newark Liberty International Airport are reporting progress at restoring service at one of its terminals after a manhole fire forced an evacuation. The problem prompted the evacuation of a section of Terminal C and caused significant delays at security checkpoints. ..

Boil-Water Order Could End Thursday in Mississippi City

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A boil-water order might end by Thursday for water customers in Mississippi’s capital city. Jackson officials said Tuesday that they’ve been able to increase water flows from the larger of two city treatment plants, increasing water pressure. The city says it’s testing sample..

Frigid Temperatures Cause Water Main Breaks in Connecticut

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Frigid temperatures are causing water main breaks in Connecticut communities. Officials in the suburb of West Hartford say about 32 homes have been affected by two water main breaks Saturday. The Metropolitan District said one of the breaks was fixed by the afternoon, restori..

No Pressure Means No School as Jackson Water Woes Drag On

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Thousands of public school and college students are staying home Monday in Mississippi’s capital city as a water crisis brought on by broken water mains drags on. Jackson’s 27,000-student public school system, Jackson State University and Millsaps College all cancelled o..

North Carolina Communities Lose Water Supplies as Cold Snaps Lines

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (AP) — Water lines supplying communities across North Carolina are failing due to the extreme cold. Repair crews were at work Sunday from Wake Forest in Wake County to Marshville in Union County after water lines broke. Cumberland County’s water utility on Saturday directed consu..

Officials: Water Pipe Break at JFK Airport Weather-Related

NEW YORK (AP) — A water pipe break in one of the terminals at New York’s Kennedy Airport on Sunday added to the delays at the beleaguered airport trying to recover from the aftermath of a snowstorm that has stranded thousands of passengers. In a statement, the Port Authority of New York and New Jer..

Broken Water Pipe Disrupts Travel in Downtown Boston

BOSTON (AP) — One of the busier streets in downtown Boston is closed after water gushed from a broken pipe. The Boston Water and Sewer Commission says it’s working to control the leak that has left Congress Street closed on Monday from New Sudbury to State Street. Officials are urging motorists and..