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U.S. Congressman Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) recently urged water utility leaders to ask their Congressional representatives to co-sponsor draft legislation that would create a federal Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Authority (WIFIA).

Traci Read, Managing Editor

At the University of Houston, a leading public research university located in Houston, the Center for Innovative Grouting Materials and Technology (CIGMAT) and the university’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering held a successful one-day conference and exhibition.

United Rentals Inc. has acquired the assets of Coble Trench Safety, a market leader in specialty rentals, with 11 locations in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast region.

SemGroup Corporation, Gavilon Midstream Energy LLC, a subsidiary of The Gavilon Group LLC, and an affiliate of Chesapeake Energy Corporation announced plans to form a joint venture that will construct a 210-mile pipeline in western and north central Oklahoma which will deliver crude oil to a 1 MMbbl storage facility in Cushing, OK.

The Lifespan System, manufactured by Hamilton Kent, is a watertight, corrosion-proof, non-conductive, locking rubber manhole frame and lid system that prevents rain derived inflow from entering sanitary sewers through the top of the manhole. And it retains the hydraulic, water-tight and structural integrity of the underlying concrete structure; thereby delivering a longer service life.

The top 10 Ditch Witch dealerships were recently honored by The Charles Machine Works Inc., manufacturer of Ditch Witch products, as members of the 2011 Crescent Club. From sales and marketing to parts and service, these dealerships exhibited extraordinary service to their customers, to the industry and to the Ditch Witch organization in 2011.

EPA has awarded $388,000 to the City of Russell, KS, for improvements to its drinking water system. The project is expected to be completed by the fall of 2012.

Oil and gas shale production plays in several regions of the United States are having significant economic impact on the areas of activity and organizations that provide the equipment and services involved in tapping these rich sources of natural gas and oil.

Williams Partners L.P. announced two major milestones in its strategy to create a major natural gas supply hub in northeastern Pennsylvania. Williams owns 72 percent of Williams Partners.

Energy Transfer Partners L.P. has entered into new multiple long-term, fee-based agreements with producers to provide natural gas gathering, processing and liquids services from the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas.

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