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PUC Posts Details on $223.5 Million in Gas Drilling Impact Fee Disbursements for 2014 - Wednesday, June 10, 2015


HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today published information on the PUC website regarding the final approved distribution of $223.5 million in disbursements under Act 13 of 2012 (Act 13), which imposed an Impact Fee on natural gas producers. Over the past four years, the PUC has collected and distributed more than $855 million in impact fees.

The PUC’s Act 13 reporting website provides a detailed breakdown of the payments to county and municipal governments, along with specifics on how much money has been collected for each year, since 2011; how that money has been allocated, by category; and comparisons to previous years. The interactive website provides numerous reports regarding the collection and distribution of these funds, along with graphical data regarding the top paying producers, well count breakdowns and top receiving counties and local governments.

 

 
2008 Sustainable Infrastructure Task Force & Clean Water Trust Fund - Monday, May 11, 2015
Are you thinking of shifting to CNG/LNG Alternative Fuel? - Tuesday, March 10, 2015


Shift to CNG and drive savings of up to 40% when you fuel up. Use this calculator to see what that means for your price at the pump.
 

What is CNG?

Compressed natural gas (CNG) is domestically produced and is a clean and cheaper alternative to gasoline and diesel. On average, CNG costs 40% less than gasoline and diesel and cuts overall emissions by up to 30%*.

CNG: Cleaner Fuel for our Future

  • Reduces carbon monoxide emissions by 90%.
  • Reduces carbon dioxide emissions 25%.
  • Reduces nitrogen oxide emissions 35-60%.
  • Emits little or no particulate matter.
  • Emits fewer toxic and carcinogenic pollutants.

 

 
PENNSYLVANIA STATE CLEAN DIESEL GRANT PROGRAM - Friday, March 06, 2015

 


The Department is seeking applications for projects that will replace, repower or retrofit fleet diesel-powered highway and nonroad vehicles and equipment. Funding is available for public and private entities that operate diesel-powered fleets throughout this Commonwealth. These entities may include school districts, municipal authorities, political subdivisions, other State agencies, nonprofit entities, corporations, limited liability companies, or partnerships incorporated or registered in this Commonwealth. Projects must use technologies certified or verified by the EPA or the California Air Resources Board to lower diesel emissions. The technology may be a single technology or a combination of available technologies. The majority of the fleet's annual operation time must occur within this Commonwealth.  LEARN MORE HERE.

 
Supplemental letter regarding the Penn State Hoe Pac study is submitted to PennDOT - Wednesday, March 04, 2015

 

On March 3, 2015, NUCA PA sent this letter to PennDOT as a supplement to our December 26, 2014 letter regarding the Penn State "Evaluation of Hydraulic Plate Compactor" study. 

Our geotechnical engineer consultant uncovered some attention-grabbing lab results while studying the relative density suggestion in our December 26, 2014 letter.

NUCA PA believes this information should command reconsideration of past conclusions about the effectiveness of hydraulic plate compactors.

 
Budget Brief on Gov. Wolf's Proposed 2015/16 Budget - Wednesday, March 04, 2015

 

For a complete PA budget overview, visit the Appropriations Committee’s website: http://www.pahouse.com/…/se…/2835/BDB_QuickGlance_030315.pdf

 
Gov. Wolf's Budget includes $500 million bond for PENNVEST - Wednesday, March 04, 2015


PENNVEST

Gov. Wolf’s 2015/16 budget proposal seeks to leverage $500 million through PENNVEST bonds to address Pennsylvania’s deteriorating municipal water and sewer infrastructure. In 2008, Gov. Rendell signed an executive order creating the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Task Force to provide recommendations for addressing the deterioration of Pennsylvania’s drinking water and wastewater systems. In its November 2008 report, the task force estimated the commonwealth would need to invest $113.6 billion over the next 20 years to upgrade, operate, and maintain Pennsylvania’s existing water infrastructure: $25 billion for wastewater systems; $11.5 billion for drinking water systems and $77.1 billion for operation and maintenance, replacement and repair, and debt retirement. Gov. Wolf’s proposed investment will simultaneously protect the environment, improve the health of Pennsylvania’s citizens, and provide opportunities for economic growth and jobs.

 
Gov. Wolf reinstates Moratorium on Oil & Gas Leases - Thursday, January 29, 2015
CBS 60 Minutes - Falling apart: America's neglected infrastructure - Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Falling apart: America's neglected infrastructure Watch it here: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/falling-apart-americas-neglected-infrastructure

 
PennDOT received Federal Approval to Fund PennState Hoe-Pac Study - Friday, August 15, 2014

 

Earlier this week, PennDOT received notice of approval to utilize Federal funding to perform the PennState Hoe-Pac Study.  Even though PennDOT has an open-ended contract with PennState to perform studies, PennDOT informed NUCA PA today that it had to seek Federal approval to spend federal funds on our Hoe-Pac study. 

PennDOT and PennState will ramp up to hopefully perform the testing by October 2014, at the Lower Paxton Municipal location.  NUCA PA will participate in the study by providing technical oversight of the testing and review of PennState's report of findings.

 
E-Verify: Ensure Employment Eligibility of Your Workforce - Friday, May 23, 2014

 

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania enacted Act 127 of 2012, known as the Public Works Employment Verification Act (‘the Act’), which requires all public work contractors and subcontractors to utilize the Federal Government’s E-Verify system to ensure that all employees performing work on public work projects are authorized to work in the United States.  NUCA PA informed our members of this law passing in 2012.

The Department defines a “Public Work” to be construction, reconstruction, demolition, alteration and/or repair work other than maintenance work, done under contract and paid for in whole or in part out of the funds of a public body where the estimated cost of the total project is in excess of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) but shall not include work performed under a rehabilitation or manpower training program.  Learn more here about the requirements prior to bid award The Public Works Verification form should be included in either your bid or award packet for submission prior to you signing the contract. (See our Knowledge Now links in the right column).

Look for this type of language in your bid documents:

Bidder acknowledges that this bid is for a public works contract and bidder is therefore subject to the provisions, duties, obligations and penalties of the Public Works Employment Verification Act, 43 P.S. 167.1-167.11, which is incorporated
herein by reference.

The lowest responsible bidder must comply with the Public Works Employment Verification Act by submitting a Commonwealth Public Works Employment Verification Form to the public body prior to award of contract.

Enroll Here for E-Verify!

Our October Regional Meetings will be a presentation on this topic!

 
PennDOT readies for Hoe Pac Study - Monday, March 24, 2014

 

Today, PennDOT informed NUCA PA, now that the weather is cooperating, they are ready to look for possible dates to perform the Hoe Pac Study.  Mark Hilson, P.E. at Lower Paxton Township Sewer Authority is coordinating the study with PennDOT and NUCA PA.  Watch here for updates!

 
Hoe Pac Ban is Lifted effective November 25, 2013 - Wednesday, December 11, 2013

 

PennDOT officially lifted the Hoe Pac Ban on November 25, 2013, through a strike-off letter signed by Deputy Sec. Scott Christie.  The ban requires inspection during trench backfilling along with new paperwork.  The maximum lift height is 8 inches.

NUCA PA, Lower Paxton Township Sewer Authority and PennDOT are working together on a study to consider lift heights greater than 8 inches.  Once the study is completed, we hope to see PennDOT increase the lift heights once all the documentation and results are analyzed.

 

 
New regulations on lifting the Hoe Pac ban is being considered - Wednesday, October 30, 2013

PennDOT has submitted the proposed regulations to the Federal Highway Administration for approval to lift the ban of the hoe pac.  We hope this is approved quickly so contractors and excavators can once again use the Hoe Pac within the PennDOT Highway Occupancy Permit areas.

 
How to Use the PA One Call System to Help You - Tuesday, October 29, 2013

 

NUCA of Pennsylvania encourages excavators to use the online PA One Call Complex Project portal for water and sewer construction projects.  The benefits of this system are invaluable tools.  Mark outs as your project progresses will reduce ticket recalls and facility contacts and phone numbers for emergency situations are two BIG benefits from using the Complex Project Portal. Read the Guidelines here.

To learn more about how to use this Portal, contact the PA One Call Liaison in your region to schedule training for your company. 

 

Report any utility incidents through the PA Virtual Private DIRT system and save time from completing numerous reports. 

 

 
Two-track solution on hoe pac ban is offered by Sec. Schoch - Thursday, August 15, 2013


On August 15, members of NUCA PA along with the Governor's Policy Office; Senator Stewart Greenleaf's staff (R), Rep. Mike Turzai's staff (R), Rep. Marguerite Quinn (R) and Rep. Todd Stephens (R); Mike Grabnic of Allied Products; Mark Hilson of Lower Paxton Twp. Sewer Authority; and Heidi Hawkins of AQUA, met with Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch and Deputy Secretary Scott Christy to discuss the PennDOT hoe pac ban.

After NUCA PA presented our facts and figures and Rep. Quinn noted her frustration, Sec. Schoch offered to consider a two-track approach on the hoe pac issue. On one track, he will determine the appropriate lift of 4" - 8" with field inspections where if a 97% Proctor Nuclear Density test fails, the contractor will remove and replace the failed areas. In the meantime, on the second track, the department and NUCA PA will move forward with a study to determine if greater lifts than 8 inch lifts with 100% Proctor testing using the hoe pac can be achieved. PennDOT's research funds will be expended for the study.

The Secretary offered a reasonable solution noting his concern that PennDOT can assure the public of good highways with less available dollars.

Sec. Schouch will meet with his department heads and determine the appropriate acceptable lifts that can be used by contractors using the hoe pac in PennDOT Highway Occupancy Permitted (HOP) areas. NUCA PA expects this determination within the next few weeks.

 
PennDOT 408 Ban on Excavator Mounted Hydraulic Compaction Equipment - Tuesday, October 09, 2012

 

The attached report outlines NUCA PA's position supporting the use of excavator mounted compaction equipment.

Included in the Report:

An explanation of compaction, types of compaction equipment, field examples using three different machines for compaction - same results for compaction and no pipe deviations or pipes crushed.  Safety of workers in trenches and cost savings for project owners and citizens.

READ the REPORT HERE

 
New OSHA Trenching Documents - Tuesday, January 24, 2012


OSHA recently published some new trenching documents
which are available for download in English or Spanish
from the OSHA website —
http://osha.gov/SLTC/trenchingexcavation/index.html

They include:
1. Quick Card – Working Safely in Trenches
2. Fact Sheet – Trenching and Excavation Safety
3. Poster – An Unprotected Trench is an Early Grave
These documents are worth taking the time to download,
copy and share with your employees.

 
Ban on Handheld Cell Phone Use Goes Into Effect Jan. 3, 2012 - Wednesday, January 11, 2012


On Dec. 2, 2011 the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a final rule specifically prohibiting interstate truck and bus drivers from using hand-held cell phones while operating their vehicles. The prohibition goes into effect on Jan. 3, 2012. NUCA PA Members may need to change their safety policies.  Policies are available to NUCA PA Members on the Member Help webpage.

 
Get your USDOT Number - Thursday, July 28, 2011

 

All Intra-state trucks weighing more than 17,000 lbs must have a US DOT number and Mark both sides of the truck with the company name & US DOT number. 

Your US DOT number is FREE.  Go to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website:  http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/  at the Registration & Licensing Section, click on Register Online.

 
PUCA meets with PennDot to discuss Hydraulic Plate Compactors a/k/a "hoe packs" - Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Today, PUCA members Bill Kukurin, Ron Monzo, Ralph Mase and Billy Kukurin met with PennDot representatives to discuss the PennDot policy to ban the use of excavator-mounted hydraulic plate compactors for compacting backfill in pipe culvert and trenches. 

PennDot agreed to review the policy to see if water and sewer pipes in DOT right-of-ways need to be included in the policy.  PennDOT will review  the causes that led to the policy and come to a determination (good or bad) within a month of our meeting.

 
Seeing is Believing - PA Raw Sewage Video - Tuesday, June 15, 2010

 

 

See other similar videos of raw sewage dumping into PA waters:
Video1  Video 2   Video 3    Video 4    Video 5

 
PA Supreme Court Refuses to Allow Contractor to Recover "Downtime" Losses Against Gas Company - Tuesday, January 19, 2010

PA Supreme Court Refuses to Allow Contractor to Recover "Downtime" Losses Against Gas Company, Even When the Gas Company Fails to Accurately Mark Lines Pursuant to the One Call Act. 
Experienced contractors recognize that it can be difficult for courts to appreciate the manner in which construction work is performed in the field, and must also recognize the importance of ensuring that their voices are heard in the legislature. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently issued an opinion that demonstrates both of these points. In Excavation Technologies, Inc. v. Columbia Gas Co. of Pennsylvania, 2009 WL 5103605 CPa., Dec. 29, 2009), the Court held that a Contractor may not recover against a Gas Company for "downtime" damages caused by the Gas Company's failure to properly mark the location of its underground lines. In doing so, the Court refused to apply its earlier opinion in the Bilt-Rite case to allow the Contractor to recover purely economic damages against the Gas Company, and directed contractors to look to the state legislature if they want to create a remedy for such damages.  To Read the Court Case click hereTo Read Kevin McKeon's summary of the Court's Opinion click here.

 


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