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Dwight D. Wilson, City of St. Petersburg, FL

Around 2005, many utilities across the country were aware of the statistical data indicating that as the baby boomer generation reached retirement, there would be a substantial number of employees with many years of experience and expertise departing the workforce.

Just one way: according to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), there was only one approved method for shoring a trench within the right-of-way of an Interstate -- driven tight sheeting.

Pipeline groups are unhappy with the way the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is interpreting the new penalty authority Congress provided it under the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011, which went into effect last January.

Robert Carpenter, Editor

UPDATED: The Charles Machine Works (CMW), Perry, OK, has continued its aggressive underground industry expansion efforts with the pending purchase of American Augers and Trencor from Astec Underground, Loudon, TN, a subsidiary of Astec Industries Inc., Chattanooga, TN. The two companies entered into a formal agreement on Oct. 31, for a cash purchase price of $55 million. Both companies expect the sale to be completed by Dec. 31.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Keeping sanitary sewer lines clear by regular cleaning is an important element in ongoing sewer system maintenance.

Pipeline Renewal Technologies (PRT) announced Sean Lipscomb will assume the role of Field Operations Manager.

The Clean Water America Alliance announced a name change to the U.S. Water Alliance and the formation of a One Water Management network, both reflecting the organization’s core mission. “We’re changing our name but not our game,” explains Alliance President Ben Grumbles.

CG/LA Infrastructure Inc., a global leader in infrastructure project identification, development and advisory, has released the Top 100 North American Strategic Infrastructure Projects for 2012. The total estimated value of the projects identified is over $470 billion, across 12 infrastructure categories.

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.

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