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John H. Williams, 94, of Tulsa, OK, died on May 1. Williams was the president of the Pipe Line Contractors Association (PLCA) in 1959, and elected Honorary Member in 1998.

Williams was a 1940 graduate of Yale University with a degree in Civil Engineering. He served as president and CEO of The Williams Companies (formerly known as Williams Brothers Company) from 1949 to 1971, and chairman and CEO from 1971 to 1979, when he retired. He served on the William’s board of directors until 1993.

Charles H. Joyce, 84, of Andover, NY, died June 9 after an extended illness.

Design of 4,000 linear feet (LF) of 12-inch water main and 5,124 LF of large diameter sanitary sewer interceptors are being undertaken by RJN Group Inc. (RJN) for the city of Fort Worth, TX. The interceptors are in four locations in a predominately commercial and industrial area adjacent to a historic neighborhood.

On May 5, California regulators recommended that Pacific Gas & Electric Company pay a record $2.25 billion fine for decades of negligence that led to a deadly gas pipeline explosion that leveled a San Francisco Bay area neighborhood.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a final rule, effective May 23 that applies the requirements of the August 2010 cranes and derricks in construction standard to demolition work and underground construction. Application of this rule will protect workers from hazards associated with hoisting equipment used during construction activities.

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners L.P. announced it has entered into a long-term contract to support the expansion of its Sweeny Lateral pipeline that the company is building from the Kinder Morgan Crude Condensate (KMCC) pipeline to Phillip 66’s Sweeny Refinery in Brazoria County, TX.

In April, nearly 200 water leaders from the private and public sector joined together in Washington, DC, as part of the Water Matters! Fly In, sponsored by the American Water Works Association and the Water Environment Federation urging Congress to vote for legislation that addresses the nation’s water infrastructure and confronts mounting affordability concerns.

With the advent of new construction technologies comes the need for proven field tests to advance their use. Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) using ductile iron pipe, first introduced in 1994, is a method of installing the pipe underground without digging a trench.

Inland Pipe Rehabilitation (IPR), the nation’s largest privately owned trenchless infrastructure solutions provider, recently installed cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) to renew more than 1,600 feet of water lines serving a North Dallas suburb water treatment plant. IPR installed its pressure pipe renewal system provided by RS Technik using Dow custom formulated resins.

Logiball is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Since 1983, the company has been providing test and seal packers, reinforced multi-size plugs, carrier packers for sectional liners, lateral cleaning equipment and specialized tools for the rehabilitation and maintenance of collections systems.

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