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According to new employment and business forecast figures released by the Associated General Contractors of America, an estimated two-thirds of the nation’s non-residential construction companies plan to cut payroll.

The water war between North Carolina and South Carolina may soon go before the nation’s highest court.

Despite turmoil in the financial markets and oil prices that are the lowest since 2003, the U.S. natural gas industry appears likely to remain one of the stronger performers in the energy sector. Supporting this is the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) report, Additions to Capacity on the U.S. Natural Gas Pipeline Network: 2007.

Geospatial Holdings has hired Richard (Dick) McDonald as executive vice president of GIS Operations.

Michels’ crews worked 16 hours a day, seven days a week to help restore power to several million people still without power in Louisiana and Texas following Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

Sidney R. Snider passed away on Sept. 27, in Clearwater, FL, at the age of 94. Snider served as president of the Distribution Contractors Association in 1968. He retired from the Hallen Construction Co. in 1977 as executive vice president. Snider is survived by his wife of 67 years, Rita; a son, Richard; a daughter, Barbara, and her husband Herb; and two grandsons, Robert and John. Condolences may be sent to Rita at: Summerville at Beckett Lake, 2155 Montclair Rd., Apt. #324, Clearwater, FL 33763.

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners and Energy Transfer Partners have entered into a 50/50 joint venture, Fayetteville Express Pipeline (FEP), to develop a new pipeline. The 187-mile pipeline will originate in Conway County, AR, continue eastward through White County, AR, and terminate at an interconnect with Trunkline Gas Company in Quitman County, MS.

Helping teens embark on a construction industry career is the aim of the ConstructMyFuture.com program, which has named the latest winners of its annual scholarships. The program is a cooperative effort of the Associated Equipment Distributors Foundation (AEDF), Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. announced that it will construct a pipeline that will transport new supplies of natural gas produced from the Barnett Shale in Tarrant and Denton counties in Texas to the Sherman Extension pipeline.

Traci Read, Senior Editor

Nearly 90 attendees and their guests gathered to hear Mark D. Hall, P.E. director of the Project Engineering and Review Division, in Project Finance and Construction Assistance (PFCA) at the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), Houston, TX, speak at the Aug. 13 Gulf Coast Trenchless Association meeting held at the Houston Engineering and Scientific Society Building.

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