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The Water Environment Federation (WEF) applauds the Democratic and Republican National Committees for including support for water infrastructure in their party platforms.

According to a report by HIS Global Insight, in the next three years, natural gas production from shale, coal bed methane and tight sands is expected to generate significant job creation, economic growth and revenue for federal, state and local treasuries throughout the U.S. in gas producing states, as well as non-producing states. The study states unconventional gas production that supported more than one million jobs in 2010 is projected to support almost 1.5 million jobs by 2015.

The Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) will take on three important issues in the future of asset management during its Asset Management Symposium: telematics, finance and Tier 4. The annual two-day symposium kicks off in Louisville, KY, on Oct. 30-31. General information and details on seminars and speakers are available at www.aemp.org/symposium.

In August, the Obama Administration announced it was launching a new institute, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), to be housed in renovated industrial space in Youngstown, OH, to help lead a renaissance in U.S. manufacturing. Academic scientists involved in the institute hope it will also send a message to students that, in the words of one researcher, "manufacturing is as cool as working for Google."

CH2M HILL, a global full-service consulting, design, construction and operations firm, has announcee that Jay Witherspoon, CH2M HILL International Technology Leader based in New Zealand, and Dr. Glen Daigger, International Water Association President and CH2M HILL Chief Technology Officer based in Colorado, have been recognized as 2012 Water Environment Federation (WEF) Fellows for their distinguished accomplishments in and contributions to the global water environment. Witherspoon and Dr. Daigger were recognized during WEFTEC 2012.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has renewed its alliance with the National Safety Council (NSC) to continue enhancing worker safety and health by addressing construction hazards, injury and illness prevention programs and motor vehicle safety.

Along Interstate 35, between Austin and San Antonio, the Texas Economic Miracle is thirsting for water. Tight restrictions on the Edwards Aquifer and the high costs of pipelines are choking off the potential growth of homes and businesses.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a direct final rule that applies the requirements of the August 2010 cranes and derricks in construction standard to demolition work and underground construction, the agency revealed in mid-August.

Aging infrastructure, population growth, legislative and legal developments have all contributed to an ongoing need to consider dynamic water management strategies and solutions while concurrently facing economic challenges.

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P., has announced it has completed its previously announced acquisition of 100 percent of Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) and a 50 percent interest in El Paso Natural Gas (EPNG) pipeline from Kinder Morgan Inc.

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