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ConocoPhillips has obtained important federal government support for pipeline and bridge projectgs that would allow the company to be the first to develop a commercial oil well in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve since the reserve was opened to drilling in 1998.

Traci Read, Managing Editor

It was a busy and eventful year for the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT) with several significant accomplishments achieved and a strengthening of their internal processes that will guide the society in the coming years.

Stephen Barlas, Washington Editor

The One-Call and excavation damage provisions included in the new pipeline safety bill passed by Congress in December will trigger a number of state and federal responses in 2012. However, a rule allowing the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to impose civil penalties on excavators -- ordered by the 2006 pipeline safety bill but never finalized -- would be even more significant. A proposed rule moving that requirement forward is expected this year, finally, perhaps as early as this winter.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Southern Diversified Technologies (SDT), a multi-disciplined telecommunications infrastructure services company based in Brookhaven, MS, has developed a method for using GIS (geographic information system) technology to design and build telecommunications projects.

Natural gas transmission companies are very unhappy with the EPA's decision to tighten industry air emission limits. A consent decree signed by the EPA requires the agency to revise both New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for the natural gas industry, including for pipelines, by the end of February. Those are two separate EPA regulatory programs.

Shawn Ready, Project Manager, Ted Berry Trenchless Technologies Team LLC

With increasingly tight municipal budgets being maximized, social benefits are receiving greater and serious consideration. Pipe bursting is performed increasingly more as understanding of its social benefits become more prevalent.

Did you miss the show dailies at UCT 2012 in San Antonio? Catch them here, with their exclusive selection of pictures and reports on the events on the ground, from education to social, awards and exhibitions.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Home warranty or home service plans are widely available today to help pay for repair or replacement costs when appliances and system components such as air conditioning and heating systems break down.

Aegion Corporation’s subsidiary, Insituform Technologies Inc., has been awarded a $5.6 million contract from the city of Crest Hill, IL. Insituform expects to install approximately 135,000 feet of small- to medium-diameter Insituform cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) in residential neighborhoods throughout Crest Hill, beginning in January 2012.

Krylon Industrial, the leading producer of industrial, commercial and MRO paints and coatings, has launched a new website designed specifically with the needs of its varied customer base in mind: KrylonIndustrial.com.

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