Oil/Gas Pipelines

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..

Sewer Spill Closes LA County's Marina del Rey Beach

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County health officials have closed a section of Marina del Rey beach after an 1,100-gallon sewage spill. Beachgoers were advised Sunday to avoid the water 100 yards up and down the coast next to the Ballona Creek outfall. The Los Angeles Times reports a sewer line..

1 Million Gallons of Sewage Spilled in Nantucket

(AP) — Massachusetts emergency officials say more than 1 million gallons of untreated sewage has spilled into Nantucket Harbor after a “catastrophic” sewer main break. They say the 20-inch mainfailed Thursday in several places on the island off the coast of Cape Cod, and they still were working to ..

Lawmakers Can't Flush as Water Systems Freeze Across South

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Cold weather is causing water woes across the South, as water mains break and people run faucets to keep pipes from freezing. Everyone on the water system in Jackson, Mississippi’s largest city, could be under a boil-water order for days because of low pressure from broken mai..

Water From Frozen Pipes That Burst Damages Iowa Casino

LARCHWOOD, Iowa (AP) — Water from frozen water pipes that burst has damaged a casino resort in northwest Iowa. Subzero temperatures outside froze the fire system pipes at the Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort in Larchwood. The water loosed last Saturday damaged 18 of the hotel’s 97 rooms, a me..

Illinois Utility Expects Boil Order to Last Until Friday

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois American Water says it expects a boil water order for the Metro-East area near St. Louis to be lifted Friday in the early afternoon. Illinois American issued the boil order Wednesday after water main breaks in the area, which includes Belleville, East St. Louis, Alo..

Freezing Temps Cause Water Main Breaks in Mississippi City

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) – Mississippi’s largest city says record cold is breaking water mains, leaving some customers with little or no water flow. Jackson city spokeswoman Kai Williams said Wednesday that the city knew of 37 separate water main breaks that it attributed to cold. The city has declared a..

Cold Causing Pipes to Burst, Even at Water Company

ST. LOUIS (AP) — How hard is the bitter cold weather on water pipes? In suburban St. Louis, even the water company is dealing with a pipe burst. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that an Alton, Illinois, call center for American Water had to be evacuated Tuesday night after a pipe broke. Employee..

Illinois Utility Issues Water Boil Order

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Numerous water main breaks in the metro-east area near St. Louis has resulted in a boil order for most of St. Clair County and parts of Monroe County in Illinois. Illinois American Water on Wednesday issued the boil order for most of its metro-east service area, which includ..

Cold Snap Sends Baltimore Skidding With Water Main Breaks

BALTIMORE (AP) — Amid a prolonged spate of low temperatures, Baltimore has recorded nearly 30 water main breaks. News outlets report a portion of the roadway in Upper Fells Point has frozen over as a result of a leak, reported Saturday and not fixed as of late Monday. Department of Publi..

Cold Weather Causing St. Louis-Area Water Main Breaks

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Bitter cold weather is causing water main breaks throughout the St. Louis region. Missouri American Water reports that more than 40 breaks have been reported in St. Louis County alone since frigid weather descended on the area more than a week ago. One neighborhood in the Fenton ar..