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Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Members of the NASSCO Lateral Committee continue to refine a document to provide a comprehensive overview of lateral and main-lateral connection repair and sealing technologies.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Preventing damage to underground utility infrastructure is a priority for utility operators and contractors who excavate, drill and bore in areas where there are existing utilities.

Even so, accidental strikes of underground utility lines continue to interrupt essential services, cause millions of dollars in damage every year, result in serious injuries and sometimes loss of life.

President Bill Shook of AP/M PERMAFORM, a provider of trenchless renewal technologies, announced that Robin Wolf has joined the AP/M Permaform team as East Coast Regional Manager.

Vectren Corporation acquired Minnesota Limited Inc. in late March in a strategic move to grow Vectren's infrastructure services business segment. Minnesota Limited will join wholly owned subsidiary Miller Pipeline in Vectren's infrastructure services group.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Directional drilling installations that a dozen years ago would have been considered impossible are routinely performed today. Projects in difficult conditions that made industry news then are commonplace now.

Even on the flattest terrain, infrastructure development projects present challenges. But put crews to work on an installation high in the Rocky Mountains, and the degree of difficulty increases with every 1,000 feet above sea level they climb. On these alpine jobsites, rock, weather and environmentally-protected boundaries rule the day, turning plans -- sometimes literally -- upside down.

The Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) hosted its fifth annual Pipeline Program Research Exchange Meeting on Feb. 1-3, at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center in Atlanta, GA.

Interstate Natural Gas Association of America members formally adopted a set of five guiding principles for pipeline safety, renewing the gas-transmission industry’s commitment to safe and reliable pipeline operations.

Leaders of the Natural Gas Council (NGC) recently wrote to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to express interest in working with NERC and others to understand what transpired in the power sector during a unprecedented cold snap in the southwestern United States that occurred in early February and to take steps to minimize such serious impacts in the future.

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation recently announced that Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV) have introduced legislation to improve pipeline safety efforts nationwide.

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