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More pipelines to move Bakken oil from North Dakota to refineries are needed to help ease safety concerns after a crude-carrying train derailed in the state in late December 2013, U.S. Senator John Hoeven, (R-ND), said Jan. 12 on Platts Energy Week. The accident was the third in the last six months that involved the transport of crude by rail.

Local distribution companies (LDC) remain the backbone of the nation’s natural gas distribution network. Natural gas utilities serve more than 71 million residential, commercial and industrial customers across the nation. Gas is delivered through a 2.4-million mile underground delivery system with an outstanding safety record.

The distribution network also includes measurement and pressure regulators, corrosion control equipment and valves and meters, all of which must be operated, maintained and upgraded by the local natural gas utility.

Based on the success and acceptance of the round PRO-RING Manhole Grade Adjustment System, Cretex now offers square and rectangular PRO-RINGs.

In a move that will improve the company’s penetration in the core earthmoving segment and extend its presence in light mining, Volvo Construction Equipment has agreed to acquire the off-highway hauler manufacturer Terex Equipment Ltd. of the Terex Corporation for a purchase consideration of approximately $160 million on a cash and debt free basis.

The RT80 Quad heavy-duty ride-on trencher and vibratory plow is a machine contractors can rely on to do it all: any type of utility installation, short or long drops, on either tight or wide-open jobsites.

Vermeer Texas-Louisiana, a market leader in environmental and construction equipment with 12 locations across Texas and south Louisiana, celebrated the grand opening of a new branch in Midland, TX, on Nov. 1, 2013.

The WMS-1B wireless monitoring system, also referred to as the Yellow Box, has proven to reduce the costs that accompany unwanted utility hits.

Starting Jan. 1, residents of Colorado are allowed to purchase up to one ounce of marijuana for recreational use, and visitor are limited to a quarter of an ounce.

Kobelco Construction Machinery USA, a global leader in the manufacture of crawler excavators, brings their new and improved SK210LC model to market.

Establishment of new educational programs, creation of a task force to address the growing shortage of labor, successful annual and midyear meetings and membership growth were among highlights of 2013 for the Power & Communication Contractors Association (PCCA).