U.S. demand for pipe is forecast to advance 6.6 percent per year to $38.6 billion in 2015. Gains will represent a substantial turnaround from the declines of the 2005-2010 period, during which pipe demand was hampered by an economic recession and a sharp drop in building construction spending.
When Gary Davidson, president and co-owner of DrillTech Inc., based in Clarksville, TX, reviewed the results of soil samples provided him by project owner, Regency Energy Partners, he felt confident the mainline natural gas pipeline project his company was hired to complete in Louisiana would be a fairly routine horizontal directional drill installation. At first glance, the only thing that Davidson felt may be somewhat of a challenge was the length.
A California blue ribbon panel's report blaming a 2008 sewer pipe bursting project for the natural-gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in San Bruno, CA, was poorly researched, unsubstantiated and ignored more likely explanations, according to city of San Bruno officials.
In a continuing effort to improve the Whistleblower Protection Program, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it is implementing additional measures to strengthen the program and is releasing an internal report detailing a recent review of the program.
The pipeline safety recommendations issued by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Aug. 30 puts significant pressure on both Congress and the Obama administration to respond to the problems discovered as part of the NTSB investigation of the PG&E San Bruno explosion in December 2010.