Month: July 2020

Oakland A’s Partner w/ USA North 811 for Call 811 Foul Ball Zone

Oakland A’s fans may not be able to pack into the legendary Oakland Coliseum for the start of what promises to be a memorable (if unusual) MLB season, but the team has another way to get fans into seats: Cardboard cutouts, and they’re raising money for the Oakland A’s Community Fund along the way. Fans …

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PHMSA Announces $10 Million Award for Engineering Services for a New Pipeline Research, Development, and Testing Center

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 PHMSA 06-20 Contact:  Ben Kochman Tel.: (202) 366-4831 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today announced an initial investment of $10 million for the conceptual study, design, and development of what will be a world-class pipeline Research, Development, and Testing (RDT) facility at …

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Looking back at Michigan Radio’s coverage of the Kalamazoo River oil spill

Ten years ago, Enbridge Energy’s pipeline 6B split open near Marshall, Michigan. The EPA estimated more than a million gallons of oil spilled into Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River. It was the biggest oil spill into an inland waterway in U.S. history. Michigan Radio was on the ground that first week, and over the …

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Enbridge says contractor vessels may have damaged pipeline

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Recent damage that prompted the temporary shutdown of an Enbridge oil pipeline in a channel linking two of the Great Lakes may have been done by vessels working for the company, according to an in-house report provided Thursday to The Associated Press. Enbridge this week submitted to government agencies the results …

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Industry seeks flexibility in federal pipeline safety rules for rupture response

Proposed federal rules governing the response of natural gas pipeline operators to ruptures on their systems could have unintended consequences if the rules do not allow the companies adequate flexibility, the gas industry warned. In lodging their concerns, industry representatives sought to influence the final version of rules proposed in February by the U.S. Pipeline …

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FOSA praises PHMSA safety research, development and testing announcement

The Fibre Optic Sensing Association (FOSA), the US’s premier trade association dedicated to fibre optic sensing, praised the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announcement yesterday of an initial investment of US$10 million for the conceptual study, design, and development of what will be a world-class pipeline Research, Development, and Testing (RDT) facility at …

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Dial Before You Dig bring Deloitte, Esri into digital transformation

Dial Before You Dig (DBYD), the service designed to prevent damage to telecommunications and other underground infrastructure, is set to digitally transform with the help of Deloitte Consulting and Esri Australia. Workers use DBYD before undertaking an excavation. They can file their plans with DYBD, which then communicates them to all utilities and telcos known to …

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As stay-at-home orders and restrictions lift, Great Plains Natural Gas reminds public to call before you dig

As states continue to lift restrictions put into place to slow the spread of COVID-19, Great Plains Natural Gas reminds homeowners and contractors to always call 811 prior to starting any project that requires digging to keep communities safe. Using the free-of-charge essential public safety service by calling 811 or placing an online request before …

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PG&E Announces New Risk and Safety Leadership Structure

PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (together “PG&E”) today announced changes to the risk and safety leadership structure to further strengthen the utility’s enterprise-wide risk mitigation and operational safety capabilities. PG&E currently has a Vice President of Internal Audit and Chief Risk Officer whose duties include enterprise risk, internal audit, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, market …

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News Briefs: New Jersey Nixes Lead Line Replacements Due to Budget Issues

Many residents in New Jersey will likely be waiting much longer than expected to have their lead service lines replaced, thanks to a potential $10 billion shortfall in the state budget due to COVID-19 shutdowns. Gov. Phil Murphy says the budget shortfall requires the state to nix the $80 million it hoped to allocate this year for …

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