Bell Cites Strong Accomplishments For DCA In 2013

53rd Annual Convention, Feb. 4-9, The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun, Mexico
January 2014, Vol. 69 No. 1

When everything is tallied – record attendance at the 2013 annual meeting, a record amount pledged at the meeting’s fund-raiser auction, continued growth in association membership, most contractor members busy and an active association presence in Washington, DC – the year 2013 was another good 12 months for the Distribution Contractors Association (DCA).

“Twenty-thirteen has been especially good for members who do gas construction, boosted by integrity management requirements gas providers now must perform,” said DCA President Timothy A. Bell. “In fact, there is again concern about the availability of skilled workers needed to complete current and projected projects. The industry had that concern early in the decade, but we didn’t hear much about it during the recession. Now, it’s back. DCA is doing its part to help the situation by increasing scholarship offerings and encouraging students entering the industry.”

Multiple trips were made to the nation’s capital by representatives of DCA, said Bell. Having appointed a consultant group in 2012 to help increase governmental relations activities, DCA spent 2013 getting to know the inner workings of Capitol Hill and educating government officials on the industry, the benefits of HDD and the scope and value of the association.

During the year, DCA delegations met with numerous congressional offices and regulatory agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) at the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at the Department of Interior.

DCA even testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in support of HR 1900, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Act, said Bell. The purpose of the legislation is to accelerate construction of natural gas pipelines and help speed up the process of building the architecture needed to fully realize the benefits of the American energy boom.

DCA and other proponents of HR 1900 saw their efforts pay off in late November when the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill. It now goes to the Senate.

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Throughout the year, DCA conducted its regular business serving as a link between its members and government agencies, organized labor and other industry organizations.

The association tracks governmental issues affecting distribution contractors, and keeps members informed of the latest developments on the industry's regulatory and legislative fronts with monthly and on-line newsletters and the DCA website.