DCA Insights

DCA Insights


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.

New Math for the Shale Energy Supply Chain

June 15, 2016. This energy supply chain monthly market letter is provided as a service for EEIA members, partners and sponsors.

House Panel Sets Infrastructure Hearing

Natural Gas Distribution Dirt Report for 2014

CGA has released the Natural Gas Distribution DIRT Report for 2014 as a new in-depth analysis of data from the Damage Information Reporting Tool.

Addressing the Challenge of Who Will Do the Work

In 2014, the Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) and the American Gas Association (AGA) held a joint Utility Contractor Workshop to discuss ways to improve cooperation between gas utilities and contractors.

DCA & AGA Workshop Dives into New Issues, With a Focus on Workforce Development

Richardson, Texas – In April, the Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) and American Gas Association (AGA) held the third annual DCA & AGA Utility Contractor Workshop in Chicago, Illinois.

DCA Attends CGA EXPO and PHMSA Exemption Forum

DCA recently participated in the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) Annual Meeting and EXPO in West Palm Beach, Florida.

2014 DCA Safety Award Recipients

Safety excellence was recognized at the February 2015 DCA Annual Convention, where companies were rewarded for the effectiveness of their safety programs.

1st Annual DCA Professional Development Conference a Success

DCA held it’s 1st Annual Professional Development Conference (PDC) November 2-4, 2011 at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas.
DCA Insights

DCA Insights

February 2017

President Donald Trump has been touting his proposed $1 trillion, 10-year program to fix America’s dilapidated infrastructure since being on the campaign trail, and the states have already compiled a list of critical projects they claim are ready to go.
DCA Safety Congress

DCA Safety Congress

New Orleans, Louisiana March 27-29, 2017

The 22nd Annual Safety Congress will be held March 27-29, 2017 at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, Louisiana. The focus of the event for 2017 will be behavior safety.

Agenda Set for 2017 HDD Academy

Kirby-Smith Machinery Names Woody Ferrell as Account Manager for Pipeline Services Division

Kirby-Smith Machinery Names Woody Ferrell as Account Manager for Pipeline Services Division

Oklahoma City, OK, December 14, 2016

Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc., a leading Komatsu distributor, is pleased to announce the appointment of Woody Ferrell as Account Manager – Pipeline Services Division.
MegaProjects and Green Infrastructure: The Trenchless Revolution

MegaProjects and Green Infrastructure: The Trenchless Revolution

Trenchless International catches up with ISTT Immediate Past Chairman Dr Samuel Ariaratnam

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the trenchless industry will be constantly compared to open cut excavation - be it in costs, efficiency or emissions output. However, when Trenchless International caught up with industry stalwart Dr Samuel Ariaratnam prior to his journey to Australia as a course leader, he said the comparison was continuing a steady swing to trenchless' favour. "You can pretty much give a ball-park estimate of 20-30 per cent cost savings for opting for a trenchless method compared to an open-cut method in a built up area," he said.

Cross Bore Mitigation

Distribution Contractors Association Position Paper

Distribution Contractors Association Position Paper Cross Bore Mitigation Construction activity continues to increase across the country, underscoring the need for steadfast dedication to prevent damages to underground facilities. Cross bores, or intersections of existing underground utilities by a second utility during installation , are enduring problems carrying potentially disastrous consequences. When analyzing the underlying causes of cross bores, as well as alternative ways to address and reduce them , a lack of consistency and clarity is evident among the key stakeholders.