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Traci Read, Managing Editor

NASTT (North American Society for Trenchless Technology) continues to keep its commitment to grow the trenchless industry by remaining true to the society’s core values of education and training all the while establishing new initiatives to lead the society forward as it prepares for the future.

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $4,996,250, consisting of a $1,820,000 loan and $3,176,250 in loan forgiveness from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, to the Angelina & Neches River Authority (Angelina County).

ACS Underground Solutions, a privately owned consulting company in Georgetown, CT., has provided utility locating, leak detection and sewer inspection services to utility and construction companies, engineering firms, municipalities and academic institutions for more than 20 years.

On Jan. 9, the Nebraska Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s 2012 ruling that deemed a law granting Gov. Dave Heineman’s authority to approve the Keystone XL pipeline in violation of the Nebraska constitution.

New Mexico changed its Pipeline Safety Excavation Damage Prevention Regulations on Dec. 30, 2014.

Michael Reed, Contributing Editor

In some ways, UGI Utilities is fortunate to be so far ahead of the game when it comes to infrastructure replacement.

Amid falling oil prices and a failure to secure enough commitment from shippers, Enterprise Products Partners LP has decided not to move forward with a proposed pipeline for its 1,200-mile pipeline crude pipeline from the Bakken shale formation of North Dakota to Cushing, OK. The proposed pipeline would have fed into the Seaway Pipeline system and have an initial capacity of 340,000 barrels per day of crude with an option to expand it to more than 700,000 barrels per day.

Work began in January to repair sewer pipes in Calavo Gardens and Rancho San Diego, CA.

Steven Barlas, Washington Editor

Water infrastructure funding will take center stage in Washington in 2015 as industry groups push hard for Congress to provide the first grant funds for the new Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program.

A primary responsibility of the Pipe Line Contractors Association (PLCA) is negotiating labor agreements and administering collective bargaining labor contracts with the international unions representing crafts whose members are active in pipeline construction and maintenance activities.

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