Tensar strengthens sales presence in N.D.

July 30, 2014

Whaley to focus on geogrid sales at Bakken shale play. Atlanta-based Tensar International, announced is a July 28 press release the relocation of Scott Whaley, regional sales manager, from Alpharetta, Ga., to Mandan, N.D. The strategic move will strengthen Tensar’s footprint in the area surrounding the Bakken shale oil and gas play, according to the …

GSE’s reorganization is confirmed

July 29, 2014

‘Pre-arranged’ plan paves emergence from bankruptcy. GSE Environmental, a Houston-based global manufacturer and marketer of geosynthetic lining products, announced in a July 28 press release that it has received confirmation of its Plan of Reorganization from the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. That court has been overseeing the company’s Chapter 11 proceedings following …

Geosynthetics in mining conference Sept. 8–11

July 28, 2014

Early registration offer ends this week. Billed as the first international conference to focus on geosynthetics in mining, this event offers opportunities for geosynthetics manufacturers, suppliers, installers, and designers to network with others who are using ever-increasing quantities of geosynthetic materials in mining projects. The Sept. 8-11 Geosynthetics Mining Solutions conference in Vancouver, BC, will …

New report issued on Oso landslide

July 23, 2014

Washington disaster subject of keynote at Geo15 conference. Editor’s note: The 2014 Oso landslide is the subject of a shared plenary session at the Geosynthetics 2015/Environmental Connection 2015 conference Feb. 15-18 in Portland, Ore. A new report released July 22 analyzes the March 22, 2014, landslide in Oso, Wash., and makes recommendations for predicting and …

EPA releases proposal for huge Pebble mining project

July 21, 2014

To protect Bristol Bay and Alaska fisheries. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a July 18 press release said that it is issuing a proposal to protect one of the world’s most valuable salmon fisheries-Bristol Bay, Alaska-from the risks posed by the large-scale mining at the Pebble Mine site in the southwestern part of …

Geosynthetics committee examines drainage issues

July 17, 2014

Proposed ASTM standard for stormwater catch basin filters. ASTM International in a July 17 press release announced a proposed new standard that will offer a means to reduce the impact of contaminated stormwater entering local drains. WK45326, Specification for Stormwater Catch Basin Filter, will aid community developments, sports facilities, fairgrounds, stadiums, and factories in complying …

Landfills, landfills, landfills …

July 11, 2014

EPA ups methane capture requirement Next step: A new energy source With the EPA‘s recent announcement that new landfills will be required to capture two-thirds of their methane and toxic air emissions by 2023 (13% more than current requirements)—see our previous post on this subject—the Obama Administration is taking another step to lower greenhouse gas …

Tensar acquired by Castle Harlan

July 10, 2014

Geogrid manufacturer’s second acquisition since 2005. Atlanta-based Tensar Corp. announced in a July 9 press release that it has been acquired by Castle Harlan Inc., a middle-market private equity firm. Tensar is a worldwide manufacturer of geosynthetics, including geotextiles, geogrids, and drainage and erosion control materials. The release said that Castle Harlan, founded in 1987, …

EPA updates to reduce methane from new landfills

July 3, 2014

By Ron Bygness As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan—Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed in a July 1 press release updates to its air standards for new municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. The release continued: “These updates would require certain landfills to capture additional landfill gas, which …

Gary Kolbasuk receives Award of Merit

ASTM Geosynthetics Committee honors Raven director ASTM International Committee D35 on Geosynthetics has honored Gary Kolbasuk, director of innovation and technology at Raven Industries, Sioux Falls, S.D. with the Award of Merit. The Award of Merit and its accompanying title of fellow is ASTM’s highest organizational recognition for individual contributions to standards activities. A member …