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Construction is set to begin on the $922 million Poseidon Carlsbad Desalination Project in San Diego County, CA, that will include an advanced-technology desalination plant and 10 miles of water pipeline.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) closed out a strong 2012 with an impressive growth in membership, record attendance at association meetings, active educational programs and an energetic government relations program.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) had an active 2012 focused on its mission of providing key industry information and assistance to its members, reports association president Ricky Dyess.

G & W Construction is a utility contractor based in Morehead, KY, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and the Daniel Boone National Forest.

James Ezell, president of contracting company Southern Diversified Technologies, has spent most of his working life building telecommunications systems.

However, for the past several years when Ezell has taken off his hard hat, he has put on the cap of a writer working on a book.

The result, Daddy, Do Cowboys Pray? was recently published by New Book Publishing. The book targets children nine -12 years of age, but is expected to appeal to younger children who enjoy having stories read to them.

The Distribution Contractors Association annual fall meeting was held Nov. 13-14 at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, TX. It was organized in conjunction with the DCA’s 2nd Annual Professional Development Conference (PDC) on Nov. 14-16.

Stephen Barlas, Washington Editor

The most significant federal action this year affecting underground construction companies is likely to be the final rule from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on excavation damage. The rule will have two parts. One will define minimum excavation damage program standards for states.

A final rule meant to limit pipeline damage from excavation should be made final sometime later this summer. Two advisory committees voted their approval and authorized changes to the proposed rule the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued in April 2012. Many of the changes the advisory committee green lighted appeared designed to toughen requirements on excavators.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Accidental damage to underground utilities continues to occur with disappointing frequency, despite programs implemented by the Common Ground Alliance and ongoing efforts of utility owners and operators, One-Call organizations and other groups with a stake in protecting buried facilities.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Those in the lower 48 U.S. states know that winters in Alaska are very cold and that everyday life for the hardy souls who live there is different in many ways.

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