Senate Approves FERC Nominees
At long last, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) can now proceed to vote on a backlog of key natural gas pipeline projects, contested rate filings, and enforcement actions now that its long-waited quorum has been restored. On August 10th, Robert Powelson was sworn in as a third commissioner, bringing the agency back to a voting quorum, which has been lacking since February. Powelson joins Neil Chatterjee, new FERC Chair, who was sworn into on two days earlier. Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur remains on as the sole democratic commissioner. Chatterjee, formerly a senior energy adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), is serving out the remainder of a term that ends in June 2021. Powelson, current president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, will serve out the remainder of a term that ends in June 2020.
Latest update from Lindsay: We were able to get the first shipment of cleaning supplies off to the coast in addition to more water. It was made possible by those who have contributed to the Harvey Heroes Fund: www.youcaring.com/harveyheroes
and driving teams lead by Matt Davey and Chad Owens. Those donations are going to the Galveston Chamber and Gina Spagnola, the group coordinating the efforts there. In total, more than 185 pallets of supplies have now been delivered.
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After Hurricane Harvey made landfall and dropped more than three feet of rain, thousands of people in Houston and along the Gulf Coast have been displaced. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott activated the entire Texas National Guard and FEMA Administrator Brock Long estimated that 30,000 people may need shelter, and some 450,000 may qualify for federal flood victim assistance. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by Hurricane Harvey and we would like to express our concern and offer some ways to help.
Aug. 17 -- STAMFORD -- United Rentals announced late Wednesday it would acquire Miami -based rental firm Neff Corp. for approximately $1.3 billion ., the second major acquisition of the year for the equipment-leasing giant.
ICUEE 2017 opens its doors October 3-5 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky, as the largest event for utility professionals and construction contractors seeking comprehensive insights into the latest technologies, innovations and industry trends.
Workers and businesses across the energy infrastructure supply chain declared victory today after a campaign to get a quorum at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ended with the confirmation of two nominees by the U.S. Senate. The Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance (EEIA), lobbied the Trump Administration, led a letter last month signed by 25 trade associations and labor unions, and unleashed over 600 individual letters to Senators from supply chain business people and workers urging Senate action. EEIA applauded today's vote and urged the Commission to begin immediate consideration of approvals of the pipeline projects currently under its review, beginning with projects that have already been fully vetted and are awaiting only a Commission vote.
Today’s Natural Gas Industry is facing a challenging problem. As the pipeline industry continues to grow and create more jobs in the U.S., it also creates a unique side effect — worker shortage. In addition to new jobs being created, there are also vacancies created by a large number of retiring baby boomers. Many of these job openings require a diverse skill set and demanding work ethic. However, solutions are being put into place by industry associations, local community leaders, natural gas companies, educators, and Industrial Training Services (ITS) to recruit and retain the next generation of pipeline workers.
President Donald Trump reiterated his commitment to the American worker during an infrastructure speech in Cincinnati, Ohio Wednesday.
- Energy CEOs are warning if FERC is not functional by August break, the private investment dollars for these projects might be gone.
- CEOs want to "get infrastructure development back on track" after FERC cannot approve new pipelines.
Inaugural event to be held at Eskimo Joe's, honor fallen military personnel
STILLWATER – For 13 minutes, participants stood silently and stoically while remembering military personnel who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
- Sen. John Thune, R-SD, chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, said last week that progress on President Donald Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure plan
could be sidelined until 2018, according to The Hill
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -
Thousands of students are packing Freedom Hall on Friday night to hear who won competitions at SkillsUSA.
An association representing the pipeline construction industry – including truck drivers who contract to haul equipment for pipeline construction projects – and a specialized equipment fleet are seeking exemptions from the electronic logging device mandate set to take effect on Dec. 18.
Theus Dillon uses a "video game" simulation to learn how to operate heavy machinery. Last summer, Theus Dillon moved with his wife and three sons from Louisville, Kentucky, to Atlanta. He found work as a warehouse attendant earning $10 an hour – but that was hardly enough to make ends meet.