October 2022 Vol. 77 No. 10


Editor's Log

Editor’s Log: Is Anybody Out There?

(UC) — Where have all the workers gone? That’s a legitimate, important and critical question when it comes to the economic health of our country and, indeed, the world.

Washington Watch

Pending Legislation Easing Regulatory Roadblocks for Pipelines?

(UC) — For interstate pipelines, what was important about the Inflation Reduction Act was not just what was in the bill – the new methane fee – but what was not in the bill. Initially insisting pipeline permitting reforms be part of the bill, Sen. Joe Manchin relented under pressure from Democrats.

New Methane Fee Could Hit Pipelines Hard

Numerous interstate pipeline companies have facilities which emit enough methane – in some cases much more than enough – in order to get hit by the new methane fee contained in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) President Biden signed in August.


Artificial Intelligence Speeds Houston’s Sewer Inspections Under Sharp Eye of EPA

(UC) — Working with California-based Sewer AI, through engineering and consulting firm HR Green, Houston has made artificial intelligence a core piece of its inspection and repair workflow since 2021 – the same year a federal judge approved its agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its co-plaintiffs, including the state commission that administers the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System program under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA).

UCT 2023: Vital Intel to Grow Your Skills, Business

(UC) — Preparations for Underground Construction magazine’s 28th Annual Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) are kicking into high gear. UCT will be in Orlando, Fla. at the Orange County Convention Center, Feb. 7-9, 2023.

2022 Utility & Communications Construction Update

(UC) — Interpreting the direction of the economy in the middle of the volatility of the past three months is a confusing and uncertain exercise. However, after discussing the various scenarios with business owners, manufacturers and researching teams, my view is not whether the economy is in a recession but, rather, how long the downturn will last and what the impact might look like.

UCT 2023: Register Early and Save!

(UC) — Do you need affordable training? We’ve got you covered! With UCT’s low rates, everyone can attend without breaking the training budget. Register today at UCTonline.com and save.

UCT 2023: RehabZone: A Trenchless Experience

(UC) — A UCT exclusive, RehabZone™ is the original, hands-on, interactive educational experience, in the exhibit hall, for the sewer and water industry. This self-paced, walk-through exhibit-within-the-exhibit provides a comprehensive look at modern rehabilitation methods in a no-sell environment.


Newsline: St. Louis Modifies $4.7 Billion Sewer Plan to Reduce Community Impact

UC's October Newsline features information about the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District's proposed revisions to its $4.7 billion, 25-year sewer overhaul project, Palisade Pipeline's non-binding open season on its Rail Runner produced water gathering system in the Northern Delaware Basin, and more of the latest industry developments.

Tech Tips

Tech Tips: CIPP Emission Studies Update

(UC) — It has been over five years since NASSCO began the program of evaluating cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) air emissions of volatile organic compounds and the effect on worker and public safety.

Rehab News

Rehab News: Prime Resins PR 10L Acrylamide Succeeds as Water Barrier, Soil Stabilizer

(UC) — PR10L ACLM is a very-low-viscosity acrylamide grout that yields a gel upon reaction. As thin as water, the grout solution can infiltrate water for sealing leaks or to deeply penetrate soils for soil stabilization.