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Oil and gas shale production plays in several regions of the United States are having significant economic impact on the areas of activity and organizations that provide the equipment and services involved in tapping these rich sources of natural gas and oil.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Failed crops drooping over dry, rock-hard soil backed by record heat . . . dried lake beds and farm ponds . . . reservoirs falling to dangerously-low levels . . . wildfires burning tens of thousands of acres, consuming everything in their path . . .

And the list goes on.

Parker-Stockstill Construction, Elm City, NC, has carved out a solid niche installing natural gas transmission and distribution lines in central and eastern North Carolina.

David O'Sullivan, President, PW Trenchless Construction Inc.

In the past 10 years, the concept of climate change has become a big talking issue. There are two extreme camps that have become very polarized on either side taking the “pro or against” ideology. However like all issues, there is the silent majority still sitting in the middle.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

A photo shows an empty “room” with gleaming white walls and ceiling, perhaps part of a new laboratory facility? Perhaps a dust-free space in a manufacturing plant? Or will it be an environmentally-controlled storage area?

There’s a pipeline installation boom under way in South Texas, yet despite the promising outlook for steady work, contractors are still struggling with challenges -- many of which are situations they’ve faced before.

Oliver Klinger, Publisher

Chris Leines, outgoing president of the Pipe Line Contractors Association and president of Minnesota Limited LLC, welcomed about 550 delegates to the Park Hyatt Aviara on Feb. 21 to 25, in Carlsbad, CA. It was another large turnout for the association’s 64th annual meeting.

Another record registration of 209 attendees marked the American Pipeline Contractors Association’s 41st Annual Convention at The Cloister Resort & Spa in Sea Island, GA.

Speakers included Greg Guidry, of the Onebane Law Firm, who spoke to regular members on the legislative environment in Washington, especially on the labor front. Other speakers included Mark Bridgers of the Continuum Advisory Group, Jim Spigener, of Behavioral Science Technology Inc. and Sid McAnnally with Energen Corporation in Birmingham, AL.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The International Pipe Bursting Association (IPBA) has ambitious plans for 2012 and got the year off to a good start in January with the introduction of new pipe bursting guidelines at the Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) in San Antonio, TX.

Robert Carpenter, Editor

It was another busy year of growth and accomplishment for NASSCO (National Association of Sewer Service Companies), as membership reached an all-time high of nearly 450, plus the more than 150 delegates at the annual convention also set a record.

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