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Robert G. Darden, CAE, CMP, Executive Vice President, DCA

Even as our nation continues to struggle with a stagnant economy, our industry and our association is strong and getting stronger. The members I have talked to say they have more work than they can handle as utilities contract to rehab and replace miles of aging infrastructure.

Bochum, Germany-based IST GmbH has just named Pipeline Renewal Technologies (PRT) a North American distributor and service center for its Power CUTTER brand of pipe cutting and lateral reinstatement robots.

SamJack Products’ new SIMTAP drilling machine, now manufactured and distributed by the Ford Meter Box Company, is ideal for the contractor or utility needing the flexibility to make a fast and easy tap without pulling out the big machines. The SIMTAP drilling machine assembles in seconds and works with most corporation stops.

Two residents in Mayflower, AR, have filed a class-action lawsuit against ExxonMobil after a pipeline rupture that allowed thousands of barrels of heavy crude oil to flow into a residential area on March 29. They are seeking more than $5 million in damages. As many as 22 homes had to be evacuated and wildlife was endangered.

Aegion Corporation’s subsidiary, Insituform Technologies, has been awarded a three-year term contract valued at approximately $5.6 million from the city of Dallas, TX.

Kate Permenter, Contributing Editor

The INGAA Foundation Inc. has released Construction Safety Consensus Guidelines designed to cover common natural gas construction operations such as basic personal protection equipment (PPE), pressure testing, overhead utilities safety and trenching and excavation.

Another record attendance level marked the American Pipeline Contractors Association 42nd Annual Convention last March when the group met at the scenic Sanctuary Resort on Kiawah Island, just outside of Charleston, SC.

A recent experiment conducted aboard NASA’s rover, Curiosity, involved drilling holes into the red surface of Mars for mineral analysis. The results of the mineral tests showed that more than three billion years ago, Mars was a significantly warmer and wetter world. Having a warmer and wetter climate would have made Mars more habitable earlier in its life.

The Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the organization dedicated to protecting underground utility lines and the safety of people who dig near them, has announced results from a recent survey that found 48 percent of American homeowners who plan to dig this year for projects that include landscaping, installing a fence or mailbox or building a deck, pond or patio, will put themselves and communities at risk by not calling 811 to learn the approximate location of underground utilities.

Robert Carpenter, Editor

Accepting responsibility for our mistakes is something that never comes easy for individuals. So it is no surprise that often it is even harder for large organizations or corporations to also own up to their mistakes and react in a responsible manner.

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