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Utility Sentenced in Pipeline Blast

California’s largest utility faces $3 million in fines, five years’ probation and a number of other sanctions as part of its sentencing on charges related to a fatal pipeline explosion that ...


Construction Forecast Predicts Lift for 2017

Public works construction, along with most U.S. building sectors, can expect to see a boost in business in the coming year, according to a major new construction forecast that sees a $713 bi...


Utility Faces $3M Fine for Pipeline Blast

Washington state pipeline safety regulators have recommended a fine of more than $3 million for numerous violations, including failure to perform corrosion tests, related to a March 9 natura...


Jury: PG&E Guilty of Pipeline Safety Breaches

A federal jury found California utility company Pacific Gas and Electric Co. guilty of criminal charges connected to the fatal 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion.


JV Secures $2.1B Mexico Pipeline Deal

The North American energy company most often associated with the Keystone XL oil pipeline, recently rejected by the U.S. government, has announced plans to build, own and operate a $2.1 bill...


Corrosion Control Delays Net $2.25M Fine

The state agency responsible for regulating privately owned electricity, gas and water providers has fined one California gas company $2.25 million for failing to fix its corrosion control s...


Richmond Seeks to Paint the Drains

It’s not so unusual to find artists painting murals on the sides of buildings, bridge abutments, roadway barriers or water towers. But can you make art out of storm drains?


Criminal Trial Pending for 2010 Blast

Six years after a devastating blast in one of its natural gas pipelines, a California utility company is facing a criminal trial.


Season One Success for US Windfarm

America’s first offshore wind farm just reached another project milestone: wrapping up its initial offshore construction season.


Utility Addresses Lead Paint Concerns

Residents of a California town are sounding an alarm about the dangers of flaking lead-based paint in their neighborhood. However, unlike so many others regarding lead-based paint, those con...


Feds Reach Settlement With Utility

The U.S. Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency have reached an agreement with the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) to make major upgrades to its infrastru...


OSHA Turns to Cell Tower Safety

WASHINGTON, DC—The rising death toll from maintenance and construction of communications towers is drawing new attention from federal health and safety regulators.


PG&E Fined $1.6B for 2010 Blast

SAN FRANCISCO—Pacific Gas and Electric Company will pay a record $1.6 billion fine for committing 2,425 violations related to the deadly 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion, California regulat...


PG&E Fined $530K for Safety Issues

Years of botched pipeline inspections and worker qualification problems have dropped a new $530,000 fine on embattled Pacific Gas and Electric Co., California regulators announced.


Decrepit Pipe Repair 'Alarmingly' Slow

Nearly half of a Pennsylvania utility's pipelines are "at risk," and the 80-year time frame for replacement just isn't fast enough, state regulators are saying.


Construction Surge Seen for 2015

U.S. public-works projects will rebound and manufacturing plant construction will remain strong amid a generally robust year for construction starts, according to a major new industry foreca...


3M Announces Pipe Locating System

A new pipe location system from 3M can identify underground plastic pipes without using tracer wire or installing access points.


Veterans Get Corrosion Career Training

U.S. military veterans are becoming certified in cathodic protection with the help of a $2,500 grant from Consumers Energy, an electric and natural gas utilities company in Michigan.


Utility Fined $1.4B in CA Disaster

The California Public Utilities Commission has proposed a $1.4 billion fine—its largest ever—against Pacific Gas & Electric for thousands of state and federal pipeline violations and a catas...


PG&E Faces $1.1B Criminal Indictment

A federal grand jury has accused California's largest utility of "knowingly and willfully" violating pipeline safety laws and obstructing the federal investigation into a gas-line explosion ...


Pipeline Corrosion Firm Sold for $116M

Global HSE concern Halma plc has acquired California-based Rohrback Cosasco Systems (RCS), the leading U.S. corrosion monitoring firm, the companies have announced.


A Fight to Root Out Pipeline Corrosion

A California utility is locked in a showdown with private and public property owners over its plan to remove hundreds of trees that are damaging and corroding area pipelines.


What is Wade Avenue Hiding?

What secrets could lie behind the doors in your neighborhood?


Philly Gets $2M for Shorted Concrete

A construction company will pay over $2 million to settle allegations that it skimped on the amount of concrete and asphalt used in paving projects around Philadelphia, then overbilled for t...


Contractor Error Cited in Deadly Blast

Federal inspectors are holding a utility contractor primarily responsible for a natural-gas explosion that leveled a Kansas City restaurant and killed one of its employees in February.


At 102, Pipe Awarded for Longevity

Not many underground water pipes get a birthday present, but not many turn 100 years old unscathed.


Painting Contractor Cited in 2nd Death

A New York industrial painting contractor who lost two transmission tower painters in two deadly falls two years apart is now facing $35,000 in fines for new federal safety citations.


 
 
   

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