April 2016_E-Newsletter
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Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT)

Attention All Members Submitting DIRT report:

CGA's Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) supports all stakeholders by collecting and analyzing underground damage and near miss events. With your submissions, the DIRT report works to consistently depict as accurate a picture of the status of damage prevention as possible. This helps the industry in directing education, measure and trend efforts, develop best practices, and guide legislation for damage prevention.

Any CGA stakeholder may submit events to DIRT. Methods include a single event field form, automated spreadsheet, database or XML data upload. Please visit to get started and find information, tutorials and a registration link.

For more information on the DIRT program, please contact any Damage Prevention Coordinator or Fred Johnson by phone at (601) 362-4322 or email To sign up for the DIRT program, please contact Fred Johnson by phone at (601) 362-4322 or email

***You can register for the 4th Annual 811 Fun Run by clicking on the Register Now button below. This event will take place on April 9, 2016 at 8:11 am. Location: Atmos Energy Corp. in Flowood, MS. If you would like to Sponsor the 811 Run please click on the following link for more information. You can save $10 on registration by entering code:  MS811***
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                              MS811 Events and News

  • In addition to Short Notice & Emergency locate requests Mississippi 811 now offers Members the capability of receiving text for Normal requests. If you would like to participate, please contact Joanna Henderson by phone at (601) 362-3887 or email 
PHMSA Ruling

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) may enforce federal pipeline safety law in Mississippi beginning January 1, 2016. 49 C.F.R. § 196. Federal law:
Requires all “excavators to call 811 before digging”, and defines “excavation” as “all excavation activity involving both mechanized and non-mechanized equipment, including hand tools.” 49 C.F.R. §§ 196.3 and 196.103.
Makes no exemptions of any kind, not even for homeowners, farmers, or routine road and railroad maintenance.  Federal law also does not recognize any tolerance zones or make emergency excavation exceptions. 49 C.F.R. §§ 196 and 198.
Fines of up to $200,000 per violation per day, up to $2,000,000 could be levied.
Mississippi legislators have two bills pending that add a reasonable damage prevention enforcement provision to the existing damage law.  They are HB 1215 and SB 2755.   Both bills have had added to them what is referred to as a "reverse repealer" which means that a bill will NOT became law unless that repealer is removed .  We will provide additional information and keep the progress updated on the Mississippi Damage Prevention Council website at:

Mark Your Calendars

DPC Meetings    
Apr. 5 (Clarksdale) - Atmos Energy Corp,14000 New Africa Rd, Clarksdale, MS.
Apr. 5 (Philadelphia) - Central Water Assoc, 915 Valley View Dr, Philadelphia, MS.
Apr. 6 (Brookhaven) - City Hall, 301 S 1st St, Brookhaven, MS.

Apr. 7 (Hattiesburg) - Willmut Gas Operation Center,1614 W 4th St, Hattiesburg, MS.
Apr. 7 (Saltillo) - Saltillo City Hall, 395 Mobile St, Saltillo, MS
Apr. 12 (Columbia) - Columbia City Hall, 201 2nd St, Columbia, MS
Apr. 12 (Corinth) - Corinth Gas & Water Dept, 305 W Waldron St, Corinth, MS
Apr. 13 (Pascagoula) - Pascagoula Senior Center, 1912 Live Oak Ave, Pascagoula, MS
Apr. 19 (New Albany) - Union County Extension Agent, 112 Fairground Circle, New Albany, MS.
Apr. 20 (Batesville) - Batesville City Hall, 106 College St, Batesville, MS.
Apr. 21 (Greenwood) - Atmos Energy Corp, 120 E Church St, Greenwood, MS
Apr. 21 (Oxford) - Northeast EPA, Hwy 30 at Hwy 7 Byp, Oxford MS
Apr. 27 (Pontotoc) - Pontotoc EPA, 930 Hwy 41, Pontotoc, MS
Apr. 28 (Holly Springs) - City Hall, 160 S Memphis St, Holly Springs, MS

 **For more information please contact your area DPC coordinator by clicking on**
** For information on upcoming Pipeline Safety meetings please click on the following link: **       

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