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On Jan. 10, a proposed 22-mile natural gas pipeline through the ecologically fragile New Jersey Pinelands region was rejected.

The proposal failed on a 7-7 vote by the New Jersey Pinelands Commission. Eight votes are needed for the commission to take any action.

New Jersey Sierra Club director Jeff Tittel called the decision “a great victory for the Pinelands and the environment of the region.” He added, “The commissioners did their job to protect the Pinelands region, its water supply and its unique ecosystem from a polluting fossil fuel pipeline.”

Robert Carpenter, Editor

Despite Continuing Funding Concerns, Budgets Expected To Rise

Rita Tubb, Executive Editor

Local distribution companies (LDC) remain the backbone of the nation’s natural gas distribution network. Natural gas utilities serve more than 71 million residential, commercial and industrial customers across the nation. Gas is delivered through a 2.4-million mile underground delivery system with an outstanding safety record.

The distribution network also includes measurement and pressure regulators, corrosion control equipment and valves and meters, all of which must be operated, maintained and upgraded by the local natural gas utility.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Establishment of new educational programs, creation of a task force to address the growing shortage of labor, successful annual and midyear meetings and membership growth were among highlights of 2013 for the Power & Communication Contractors Association (PCCA).

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) and its members had a busy and productive 2013, reported Nick Bruno, association president.

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Two separate challenges have been made to the FERC's Order 787 issued last November. It allowed interstate pipelines and electric utilities to share non-public, operational information with each other for the purpose of promoting reliable service or operational planning on either the public utility or pipeline system.

Hobas Pipe USA has announced its inclusion on the Bureau de normalization de Québec’s (BNQ) List of Certified Products, Processes and Services.

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has approved financial assistance for water systems improvements for the following counties in Texas:

According to a news item in The Associated Press, the Obama administration is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to take a middle-ground approach on a water dispute between Texas and New Mexico over management of the Rio Grande.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the Sonoma-Marin (California) Saving Water Partnership (SMSWP) as a recipient of its national WaterSense Excellence Award for outstanding work promoting WaterSense and water-efficient irrigation practices.

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