Features

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Over the past decade, new technologies have unlocked a tremendous amount of domestic oil and gas reserves and a surge in development is taking place in shale fields of the Marcellus play in the Eastern United States; Bakken in North Dakota, Montana and Southern Canada; and Eagle Ford in South Texas.

It’s hard to imagine a more sensitive site for a lift station reconstruction: 25 feet under the sands of a popular five-star southern California beach in the heart of a famous artist colony. The Laguna Beach Lift Station reconstruction site shares the beach with a crowded boardwalk, volleyball and basketball courts, a playground and a historic lifeguard tower. A coveted marine preserve sits offshore.

Robert Carpenter, Editor

Despite pockets of negativity, the majority of horizontal directional drilling contractors continue to enjoy a robust business atmosphere for 2013, and most expect that environment to continue for the foreseeable future.

Pinnacle Construction & Directional Boring is one of the busiest underground utility construction contractors working in and around the scenic coastal city of Charleston, SC.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) continues to solve problems for utility owners and operators by completing difficult installations of underground infrastructure that many times can be addressed by no other method of construction.

Rita Tubb, Executive Editor, and Kate Permenter, Pipeline Editor

Pipeline & Gas Journal, in partnership with the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), held its 9th annual Pipeline Opportunities Conference on March 26, at the JW Houston Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Houston.

Few machines have had more impact in construction and earthmoving operations than a heavy excavator. In the past five years, over 84 percent of heavy excavator sales to end users have been in these applications.

The Power & Communications Contractors Association recently held its 68th annual convention in Naples, FL, where 332 members and their families soaked up industry education and training, handled association business and enjoyed the company of friends and colleagues from all around the country.

Robert G. Darden, CAE, CMP, Executive Vice President, DCA

Even as our nation continues to struggle with a stagnant economy, our industry and our association is strong and getting stronger. The members I have talked to say they have more work than they can handle as utilities contract to rehab and replace miles of aging infrastructure.

Kate Permenter, Contributing Editor

The INGAA Foundation Inc. has released Construction Safety Consensus Guidelines designed to cover common natural gas construction operations such as basic personal protection equipment (PPE), pressure testing, overhead utilities safety and trenching and excavation.

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