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The Pennsylvania Senate has unanimously passed Senator Ted Erickson’s Senate Bill 1261 allowing municipalities to create stormwater authorities.

The developer of a 333-mile transmission line that will run from Canada to New York City plans to issue a solicitation for an engineering, procurement and construction contract after reaching a settlement on Feb. 24 with state agencies and environmental groups in New York. The settlement re-routes some sections of the line away from environmentally sensitive areas and creates a $117 million environment benefit fund.

On March 13, Senate Democrats voted to kill a legislative amendment to a transportation bill that would have opened the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for drilling and approved the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The amendment was defeated in the Senate by a 41-57 vote.

In a landmark agreement on an enforcement Order to improve the overall water quality in New York Harbor waters, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and New York City Department of Environmental Protection announced the city will invest approximately $187 million over the next three years and an estimated $2.4 billion of public and private funding over the next 18 years to install green infrastructure technologies to manage stormwater before it enters the city’s combined sewer system.

As the city of Houston tackles the challenge of aging infrastructure, the Department of Public Works and Engineering is looking at how to best outreach to contractors who can handle the task.

Laney Directional Drilling Co., a leading provider of horizontal directional drilling services to the energy, telecommunications and infrastructure sectors, announced that it has successfully completed the horizontal directional drill (HDD) installation of nearly 11,000 feet of 6-inch steel gas pipeline in one pull under Lake Houston.

The Gas Technology Institute (GTI) has announced the launch of a North American industry collaborative to drive the deployment of energy-efficient emerging technologies and solutions.

The cost of repairing and expanding U.S. drinking water infrastructure will top $1 trillion in the next 25 years, an expense that likely will be met primarily through higher water bills and local fees, a groundbreaking study by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) shows.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing a new permit, in accordance with the Clean Water Act, that will provide streamlined permitting to thousands of construction operators, while protecting our nation's waterways from discharges of polluted storm water from construction sites.

Cross River Fiber, a New Jersey-based, boutique dark fiber optic and telecommunications solutions provider, announces the completion of the shortest commercially available fiber network route between 1400 Federal Boulevard in Carteret and 165 Halsey Street in Newark, NJ.

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