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The Associated Press reports that the Public Service Commission of North Dakota last year approved more than $1 billion worth of energy-related projects, and officials expect at least that level of activity in 2014.

Recently announced Department of Labor (DOL) statics show that the unionized private-sector workforce grew in 2013 to about 8.1 million workers, the most since 2009 and an increase of 277,000 workers from 2012, as reported by the Pipe Line Contractors Association.

Margaret H. “Maggie” Kull, 78, wife of Ed Kull (former executive director of the American Pipeline Contractors Association), passed away Dec. 15, 2013 in Odessa, TX.

According to the Associated Press, Vectren Corp. has proposed replacing more than 1,000 miles of aging, underground natural gas lines across much of Indiana in a project costing some $865 million.

On Nov. 19, 2013, the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) held its annual meeting of members and the fall meeting of the board of directors.

On Sept. 12, 2013, energy experts, lawmakers and leading industry figures met at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in a bold effort to determine the cost that misguided regulation imposes on growth.

The Oklahoman reports Devon Energy Corp. is building an extensive system of pipelines to aid in the development of its acreage in central Oklahoma’s Woodford oil shale.

Felling Trailers’ first online auction of one of its most popular trailers to bring awareness to the early detection of breast cancer raised $2,650.

Kinder Morgan Crude and Condensate LLC (KMCC) and Double Eagle Pipeline LLC, a 50/50 joint venture between Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (KMP), announced that they have entered into a long-term agreement with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (APC) to transport Eagle Ford Shale production from Gardendale, TX, in LaSalle County, to the Houston Ship Channel via the KMCC Pipeline.

HD Supply Waterworks hired Paul Dreher to lead its fusible piping systems strategy and drive the company’s growth in fusible piping with overall responsibility for its national market presence.

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