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Obituary: Jerry M. Comstock

Jerry M. Comstock, 83, passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2016. He was born March 12, 1933 in Tonkawa, OK to Miles and Virginia Comstock. Jerry married the love of his life, Brenda Morehouse on January 18, 1982 in Huntington, WV. He was a pipeliner with local Union #798. He is survived by his wife, Brenda; daughters, Janet Comstock Simoneau of New Braunfels and Angie Morehouse Coste of La Vernia; sons, Jerry Martin Comstock, Jr. of Manhatten Beach, California, James Melton Comstock of Victoria, Jeffrey Clint Comstock of Port Aransas; sister, Virginia Lee Mokry of Austin; […]

Obituary: Sherry Gettis

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing after a very brief illness of Sherry Gettis, in Edmonton, Alberta. She is survived by her husband, Gerry Flatekval and three children, her mother, three sisters, two brothers, five grandsons, and a long list of friends, including many in the pipeline industry. Sherry was a pipeliner, starting her career at Banister Pipelines while still in her teens. She was involved in the start-up and was the first staff employee to join OJ Pipelines, and then later was part of the team at Spie Construction. Sherry […]

Emerson adds valves & controls business to portfolio

Emerson has signed an agreement to purchase the valves & controls business of Pentair for $3.15 billion. The complementary acquisition establishes Emerson’s global presence in control, isolation, pressure relief valves and actuation as part of a larger strategy to build a broader automation portfolio.   Headquartered in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, the Pentair Valves & Controls business has nearly 7,500 employees around the world. The business has a large global installed base in chemical, petrochemical, oil and gas, power, mining and other process industries. With product brands like Anderson-Greenwood, Crosby, Vanessa, Keystone and Biffi, Pentair Valves & […]

Michels adds microtunneling manager

Trenchless construction veteran Brenden Tippets has joined Michels Corp. as microtunneling manager.  Tippets has more than 20 years of experience in wide-ranging aspects of heavy civil construction, including significant experience in microtunneling, tunneling and pipejacking. His specific areas of expertise include design-build trenchless projects, extensive contaminated ground water remediation, and construction in deep and difficult soil conditions in dense urban settings. As microtunneling manager, Tippets will guide the continued growth of microtunneling among Michels’ repertoire of trenchless construction services.  Tippets shares his expertise and experience with others in the trenchless industry through his abundant volunteer […]

PG&E becomes first natural gas utility to receive process safety certification

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) has successfully passed a comprehensive gas safety audit and has been certified to the chemical industry’s RC14001® management system standard. The audit reviewed numerous end-to-end safety processes at the company, ultimately approving PG&E as the first utility to secure the certification.  “Safety is at the heart of everything we do at PG&E and this certification speaks directly to the work we are doing every day to ensure the safety of our customers, the public and our employees. To be the first utility in the world to receive this certification […]

Enbridge acquires Spectra Energy in multi-billion-dollar deal

Enbridge Inc. and Spectra Energy Corp. have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Enbridge and Spectra Energy will combine in a stock-for-stock merger transaction. The combination will create the largest energy infrastructure company in North America and one of the largest globally based on a pro-forma enterprise value of approximately $127 billion.   With an asset base that includes a diverse set of best-in-class assets comprised of crude oil, liquids and natural gas pipelines, terminal and midstream operations, a regulated utility portfolio and renewable power generation, the combined company will be positioned to […]

Tyco Gas & Flame Detection

Tyco Gas & Flame Detection’s Oldham BM 25A and BM 25AW (wireless) have been certified to Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and a have been approved for use in hazardous areas. Both the BM 25A and BM 25AW meet CSA Standards as intrinsically safe for use in Class I, Division 1 hazardous locations in Canada and certified for use in Class I, Division 2 hazardous locations in the U.S.


RETTEW has been granted an exemption by the FAA for use of the firm’s drone (Unmanned Aircraft System) for surveying and mapping purposes. Though RETTEW has owned a drone for roughly a year, the firm was not authorized to use the system commercially until the FAA granted the exemption. RETTEW will now be able to use the drone for rooftop surveys, mapping of land areas, as well as inspections of bridges and pipelines.

Atlas Copco Rental

Atlas Copco Rental says it provided a solution to a contractor attempting to dry a pipeline for a pump station. The job site was a natural gas pump station with most of the stations covering a few miles of pipe. The situation arose when a large amount of water entered the pipes throughout the station. Usually when dewatering a pipeline, pigs can push everything out of the pipe.

Atmos International

Theft Net, from Atmos International, is an analysis service that uses specialist engineers to interpret data collected from pipelines to accurately pinpoint illegal tapping points. These specialist theft detection engineers achieve higher sensitivity than standard online theft detection systems. By using a combination of hardware, software, and skilled engineering analysis, this service has been deployed on refined product pipeline networks in the UK and several other countries.