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I’m going to let you in on a little secret: energy is a dangerous business.

Whether laying pipeline in the hinterlands of America or the streets of Philadelphia, drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, coal mining beneath the state of West Virginia or staring at the controls of a Japanese nuclear reactor frantically trying to stem a radioactive breach after Mother Nature’s apocalyptic double-header, the energy business is fraught with unexpected danger. No one can anticipate every possible problem.

Joe Voerding, of Boulder City, NV and a long-time employee of Cashman Equipment, passed away April 7, 2011 at the age of 62.

The Golden Pass LNG Terminal LLC and Golden Pass Pipeline LLC near Sabine Pass, TX has been granted in service authority by FERC and has commenced commercial operations.

The Worldwide Quarterly Smart Meter Tracker from IDC Energy Insights is forecasting worldwide growth of 13% in smart meter unit shipments from 2010-015 and a total of 460.9 million smart meters shipped through the forecast period.

Wood Mackenzie’s annual review of global upstream M&A suggests that peak levels of deal activity in 2010, particularly at the end of the year, bode well for another big year in 2011. The independent researchers identify four key prevailing themes that underpinned total spend of US$183 billion in 2010 as: Unconventional oil and gas, weak U.S. gas prices, restructuring among the International Oil Companies (IOCs) and aggressive spending by the Asian National Oil Companies (NOCs).

Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. is proceeding with permitting and final engineering for the potential reversal and conversion of a portion of the partnership’s Houston-to-El Paso pipeline to crude oil service.

More than 230 attendees participated in Pipeline Research Council International’s fifth annual Pipeline Program Research Exchange Meeting held in February in Atlanta.

In less than three years of development, the Eagle Ford Shale already accounts for over 6% of the Gross Regional Product for the 24-county South Texas area it encompasses, according to a study by the Center for Community and Business Research at the University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development.

Washington Gas is in the midst of a major project to rehabilitate about 143,000 gas service lines and 1,900 miles of gas mains. Specifically, the utility is renewing the steel service lines by inserting plastic pipe into them, and it is encapsulating - or renewing the life of - the mechanical fittings that join the mostly 40-foot lengths of wrapped steel distribution main to prevent leaks on the couplings.

Jee recently performed a conceptual design study for National Grid on the feasibility of a new pipeline transporting carbon dioxide (CO-2) from industrial emitters in the east of England to a proposed storage site in the southern North Sea.