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Preparing for Hurricanes and Preventing Damage to Buried Lines

This blog was originally posted in our 2019 August Electric industry newsletter.  We are in the middle of hurricane season, and NOAA updated their Atlantic forecast.  If predictions are right, we could see 10-17 named storms and 2-4 major hurricanes. In the Carolinas several electric utilities have been increasingly undergrounding their lines to reduce the …

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New Pipeline Safety Rules at PHMSA, TRRC, COGC, & PAPUC

This blog was initially posted in our August 2019 Gas & Oil industry newsletter. New pipeline regulations continue to move forward at PHMSA as the Senate Commerce committee advanced the reauthorization of the Pipeline Safety Act.  The new rules will address over-pressurization and change professional engineering requirements.  The new Transmission, Liquids, and Gathering regulations are …

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Avoiding 3rd Party Damages to Improve Reliability

This blog was initially posted in our 2019 August Telecommunications industry newsletter. I. Thousands lose internet after third-party damage On July 3, the internet was down all day in heavily populated areas of Raleigh-Durham, NC, Morrisville, NC, and Charleston, SC. A third party caused the widespread damages affecting customers of Comcast, Verizon and Wow!  The …

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City receives $8.5 million FEMA grant to underground utilities

  This blog was originally posted in our 2019 October telecommunications industry newsletter. I. City receives $8.5 million FEMA grant to underground utilities The city of Palm Beach, Florida has been awarded $8.5 million to remove utility polls and bury overhead power lines. The grant was part of FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs fund, that became …

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Cities want more underground utilities after increased outages

This blog was originally posted in our 2019 October electric industry newsletter   I. With outages increasing, city advocates for more underground utilities. Experiencing nine major outages that have effected more than 17,000 people since July, city officials of Shenandoah and the The Woodlands in Texas are looking for answers. Constant outages have created a …

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Mitigating the Risk of “Unlocatable” Facilities

by Chris Thome Unlocatable underground facilities pose a significant risk to excavators and the communities in which they work.  Any facility operator with plastic pipe, concrete, or dielectric cables understands the challenges these assets can pose over time.  Tracer wire can break or corrode, and “detectable” buried warning tape can have a short lifespan. System …

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