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The Charles Machine Works Inc., manufacturer of Ditch Witch underground construction equipment, has introduced a new line of compact and powerful walk-behind trenchers.

The optimism and enthusiasm evident during The Rental Show 2012 in New Orleans was reflected in the show’s attendance.

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.

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.

New Castle County, DE, has awarded RJN Group Inc. two collection system project extensions within the White Clay Creek Sewer Basin.

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.

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