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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced on April 22 the investment of over $130 million for 12 water and wastewater projects across eight counties through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST).

Iowa utility contractor Precision Underground Utilities is described by owner Jamie Nobiling as a small, family-run business with high expectations.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing a draft assessment on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing activities on drinking water resources in the United States.

Efficiency Production Inc., a leading manufacturer of trench shielding and shoring equipment, has announced the selection of Rod Austin as the company’s new vice president of sales.

In November 2014, Trenchless Construction Services L.L.C. successfully completed the challenging Mosquito Pass Cable Conduit Installation Project for the Orcas Power & Light Cooperative (OPELCO).

As first reported in the Wall Street Journal, during delays involving its Keystone XL project, Calgary, Alberta based-TransCanada Corp. is asking the U.S. government to permit a new and different pipeline project, filing an application to receive a U.S. presidential permit that will let it construct a 200-mile pipeline across the U.S.-Canadian border.

Case Construction Equipment was named the 2015 Association of Equipment Management Professional’s (AEMP) Associate of the Year at the organization’s 33rd management conference and annual meeting in Orlando.

Ron Halderman, director of horizontal directional drilling for Mears Group, was inducted into the National American Society for Trenchless Technology Hall of Fame in March.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The new Ditch Witch HDD Advisor is an intuitive, web-based tool to help select the best downhole tool options to match the drill unit being used plus job site soil conditions – key elements in successfully completing any horizontal directional drilling (HDD) installation.

Jeff Griffin , Senior Editor

After hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms and other natural disasters that disrupt vital infrastructure services by downing overhead power and communications lines, there invariably is the question: “Why don’t they put those wires underground?”

There are two obvious answers:

• Immediately after such disasters the priority is restoring services, not planning and executing projects to convert aerial to underground; and
• It costs too much – funds simply are not available for costly overhead-to-underground conversions.

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