dp-PRO Winter 2017

APWA Utilities and Public Rights-of-Way Committee: Working to Eliminate Utility Damage

The Utilities and Public Rights-of-Way Committee (UPROW) is one of APWA’s busiest technical committees. UPROW provides education and information to help raise awareness of utility damage prevention methodology, and promotes the most effective use of public rights-of-way. It provides a forum where diverse stakeholders can come together to discuss common issues, best practices, and safe …

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Inspecting a Natural Gas Pipeline with a Robotic Crawler

A natural gas pipeline belonging to a major North American pipeline company was buried under an urban area and needed to be inspected for integrity. Designated as a high consequence area (HCA) due to its location in a densely-populated urban area, this section of pipeline had never been inspected. Low flow, a narrow 10-inch internal …

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DCA Welcomes New Study on Technologies and Practices to Improve Facility Locating

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) recently released a study that evaluates technologies and practices that help improve damage prevention. The Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) was one of many stakeholders invited to contribute material and perspective for consideration during the study’s development. The following takes a deep dive into the study as well …

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Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project Gets Permits

Pipeline News – A company building a $3 billion pipeline to carry natural gas from northeastern Pennsylvania to several southern states has been granted the permits necessary for construction. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection approved water-crossing permits for Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline in September. A dredging permit was also granted by the Army …

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Hurricane Harvey Damages Refineries in Texas

Washington Post – Hurricane Harvey damaged two ExxonMobil refineries, causing the release of hazardous pollutants. ExxonMobil acknowledged the damages in a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The company said in the filings that a floating roof covering a tank at the Baytown oil refinery sank in heavy rains, dipping below the surface …

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PelicanCorp Partners with CCFA

Trenchless Australia – PelicanCorp recently entered into a partnership with the Civil Contractors Federation Australia (CCFA) to mutually support the promotion of safer civil construction worksites across Australia. CCFA represents Australia’s civil construction industry, made up of eight member associations. The strategic alliance provides PelicanCorp and CCFA the opportunity to communicate with more than 2,000 …

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West Virginia American Water Acquires Queen Shoals PSD

Charleston, West Virginia – West Virginia American Water announced in August that it had completed its acquisition of the Queen Shoals Public Service District (QSPSD) water system. The transaction was approved by the Public Service Commission of West Virginia following several years of discussion. Queen Shoals PSD previously purchased water through an interconnection with West …

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PHMSA AWARDS Nearly $1.3M in One Call Grants for State Damage Prevention Programs

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) recently announced it has awarded nearly $1.3 million in One Call Grants to 26 states to support state pipeline damage prevention programs. “Excavation damage continues to top the scale as a leading cause of death or serious injury resulting from pipeline …

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