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A $7 billion project labor agreement (PLA) was signed Sept.14, by the United Association General President William P. Hite and TransCanada Corporation. In a time when the construction industry is facing record unemployment, this project will create thousands of quality jobs for the well-trained members of the United Association as well as other labor organizations for the construction of the 1,959-mile Keystone Gulf Coast Expansion Pipeline Project (Keystone XL).

Caterpillar’s C9.3 ACERT engine has received the U.S. EPA Tier 4 emissions certification and European Union (EU) emissions type approval.

A subdivision in the city of San Bruno, CA, was engulfed in flames when a natural gas pipeline exploded on Sept. 9. Pacific Gas & Electric Co., which owns the pipeline, and federal investigators are probing the pipeline blast that killed at least four people and damaged 58 homes in the hilly neighborhood. Three people remain missing at the time of this report.

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission seeks bidders on work including a collection of detailed repair, rehabilitation and replacement tasks within residential areas. This is the first of a series of up to six contracts the commission will publicize via its Central Bidder Registration system. Contractors wishing to submit bids or receive information on future projects should register at the commission's website, Solicitations are available from the project’s website, http://www.wsscwater.com/business/cbr/.

Following tropical storm Fay in 2008, Tallahassee’s 36-inch fiberglass resin force main, originally installed in 1985, failed in three places after 14-inches of rain fell within a 24-hour period. The three breaks occurred within a two-mile section of the force main that runs beneath the Capital Circle Roadway, a Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) roadway that is one of the most heavily traveled in the city.

The new line of TCT Series augers for heavy duty drilling projects work with General Equipment’s full line of DIG-R-TACH hydraulic earth auger attachments as well as competitive models.

Scientists from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) have collaborated in developing innovative water quality software that enhances a water system's ability to detect when there has been intentional or unintentional contamination. The Canary software can help detect a wide variety of chemical and biological contaminants, including pesticides, metals and pathogens. Once contamination is detected, a water utility can issue a "Do Not Drink" order to prevent customers from ingesting the water.

Laney Directional Drilling Co. announced Oct. 12 the appointment of Kevin R. Fox as CEO. Fox joins Laney after a 19-year career with Willbros Group, Inc. where most recently he was president of the Willbros Construction division of Willbros Group, Inc. and had previously served as president of Willbros Engineering.

The new Bobcat rock buckets make quick and easy work of removing objects from the soil, sorting or sifting material and removing debris.

According to a report released in August by the U.S. Department of Energy and prepared by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, despite grim predictions at the close of 2008, the U.S. wind power industry experienced another record year in 2009. At the same time, the report’s primary authors and scientist, Ryan Wiser and Mark Bolinger say the combination of the financial crisis and lower wholesale electricity prices has taken a toll on the wind power industry, dampening expectations for 2010.