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Robert Carpenter, Editor

More and more each day we are seeing statistics reflecting what most of us in the pipeline industry already know: the economic impact of a booming energy industry – pipelines included – is primarily responsible for economic condition of the United States.

The Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition
is now accepting program proposals for its industry-leading Educational Program. The sessions provide information readily beneficial to an audience of contractors, owners and consulting engineers. The program is an interactive forum to share perspectives, present ideas and explore issues for the construction and rehabilitation underground piping infrastructure via both trenchless and open-cut methods.

President Obama has once again proposed significant cuts in funding to the federal government's main grant program supporting water infrastructure development at the local level.

While typically, the Houston area of southeast Texas experiences mild winter weather conditions, January 2014 proved that the city is not immune to the horrific winter weather being experienced across most of the nation.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Vermeer has introduced a remote control function for its lines of track trenchers and terrain leveler equipment.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Sharewell HDD Drilling Products has introduced a new method of securing horizontal directional drilling machines to the ground to provide stability during drilling and especially during product pullback.

Oliver Klinger, Publisher

Attendance set a record as over 420 delegates attended the Distribution Contractors Association 53rd Annual Convention at the Ritz Carlton in Cancun, Mexico. Many of those delegates were attending their first ever DCA convention.

The convention was presided over by outgoing president Tim Bell of Midwestern Contractors, Elburn, IL.

Long-time industry business owner and supporter Francis “David” Magill, Jr. of Houston, TX, lost his battle with cancer on Jan. 19.

TransCanada Corp. applied more than five years ago for a federal permit to build the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline across the U.S. in order to link Canada’s tar sands in Alberta with refineries along the coast of Texas and Louisiana.

Alaska has signed an agreement with major oil and gas firms to build an 800-mile pipeline to bring natural gas from the state’s North Slope to a proposed export plant, and then on to Asia, reports Reuters.

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