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Digitizing the Telecommunications Construction Workflow

As the world adopts distance learning, telemedicine, and remote working as new platforms for previously in-person services, the need for faster and more reliable internet and phone services are obvious. In response to this demand, the U.S. government has launched the ReConnect Program which furnishes grants and loans to provide the funds necessary to deliver broadband services in rural areas. Telecommunication companies building out broadband into these rural areas are facing pronounced supply chain, inventory and project management issues ... Continue Reading


Regulatory 101: Edition 3 - Real-World Application of Regulatory Framework

In concert with the strengths PCS has in planning, designing and managing projects, we will examine regulatory and environmental considerations and the effect they have on project timing and scheduling. ... Continue Reading


New Regulatory Requirements Impacting Producers & Gas Gathering Operators

The US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has issued its final rule that expands federal pipeline safety oversight to all onshore gas gathering pipelines. This rule is 10 years in the making and expands the definition of a ‘regulated’ gas gathering pipeline that is more than 50 years old. It will apply federal pipeline safety regulations to thousands of miles of unregulated gas gathering pipelines. The final rule will require pipeline operators to report safety information for all gas gathering lines which represents approximately an additional 400,000 miles of gathering pipe, covered by federal reporting requirements. ... Continue Reading


USACE CWA Permit Program Suspended

The Water Quality Certification’s (WQC) 2020 Rule associated with the Clean Water Act, Section 401, which took effect September 11, 2020, has been vacated by the U.S. District Court for Northern California. As result of the decision, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters has notified districts to suspend the issuance of Section 404 permits that require a WQC. Until such time that new guidance is provided by Headquarters to the Districts, all pending approvals for work in waters of the United States is on-hold indefinitely creating gridlock in the federal permit process. ... Continue Reading


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