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ORCGA to hold series of forums on late locates

The Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance (ORCGA) will hold a series of 13 “structured discussion” sessions across the province beginning mid-October as stakeholders in the utilities-locating sector continue to grapple with the issue of late locates. The Ontario Underground Infrastructure Notification System Act mandates use of Ontario One Call by utility stakeholders and gives infrastructure …

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More must be done to prevent damaging and costly spills

Spills pose a real risk to businesses. Not only could they cause significant damage to premises, wildlife and the surrounding environment, they can pose a threat to the safety and health of employees and nearby residents. Recent figures from Ecospill reveal that over 70% of businesses are not fully prepared for a spill, while the …

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PHMSA Publishes Long-Awaited Final Rules

Tomorrow’s Federal Register will include three final rules published by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) that have been years in the making: (1) Safety of Gas Transmission Pipelines: Maximum Allowable Operating Pressure Reconfirmation, Expansion of Assessment Requirements, and Other Related Amendments; (2) Safety of Hazardous Liquid Pipelines; and (3) Enhanced Emergency Order Procedures. All three …

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PSC to hear settlement proposal in Clinch County blast

HOMERVILLE — The state Public Service Commission will meet Tuesday morning to decide whether to accept a settlement agreement arising from a natural gas explosion that leveled a Homerville business and injured three women. On Aug. 17, 2018, a construction crew burying fiber optic lines hit a gas line, according to a statement from the …

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Defenders: New state report triggers debate about cause of Austin home explosion

AUSTIN, Texas — A new state report unveils the Texas Railroad Commission‘s completed investigation on the Bendridge Avenue explosion last October that killed Nicole Burton and severely injured her boyfriend, David Passman. It confirms the pipe leading to Burton and Passman’s home was more than 40 years old. It also shows that investigators believe excavation work done years …

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We need to reauthorize the nation’s pipeline safety law

Before I was elected to Congress in 1986, I worked for President Reagan and learned the importance of finding bipartisan solutions to the challenges facing the nation. President Reagan worked across the aisle with the Democrats who held the House throughout his entire presidency. He always fought for what was right — regardless the party. And when the people of southwest …

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