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March 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 www.cga-dirt.com to get started and find information, tutorials and a registration link.

The deadline to submit your DIRT data for 2015 is Thursday, March 31. Please help us ensure a timely release of the Annual DIRT Report by submitting your data before the deadline. Remember to allow plenty of time for your data submission in case any issues arise during the process. DIRT submitters with questions or issues can visit www.cga-dirt.com and click "Support."


For more information on the DIRT program, please contact any Damage Prevention Coordinator or Fred Johnson by phone at (601) 362-4322 or email onecall@ms811.org. To sign up for the DIRT program, please contact Fred Johnson by phone at (601) 362-4322 or email onecall@ms811.org




***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

Reminders
  • 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  members@ms811.org. 
 
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: http://www.msdamageprevention.com/.


Mark Your Calendars

DPC Meetings    
Mar. 1 (Cleveland) - Bolivar County EMA, 114 South St, Cleveland MS.
Mar. 1 (Lucedale) - Fine Arts Building, 134 Beaver Dam Rd, Lucedale, MS.
Mar. 3 (Bay St Louis) - MS Power Co, 300 Hwy 90, Bay St Louis, MS.
Mar. 3 (Pittsboro) - Calhoun County Court House, 103 W Main St, Pittsboro, MS.
Mar. 8 (Grenada) - Atmos Energy, 2525 Sunset Dr, Grenada, MS.
Mar. 9 (Louisville) - Southern Natural Gas Co, 709 Metts St, Louisville, MS.
Mar. 16 (Koscuisko) - Atmos Energy Corp, 510 Veterans Memorial Dr, Kosciusko, MS.
Mar. 17 (Greenville) - Atmos Energy Corp, 628 Hwy 82, Greenville, MS.
Mar. 22 (Laurel) - CenterPoint Energy, 26 Mason St, Laurel, MS.
Mar. 22 (Southaven) - Atmos Energy, 5349 Pepper Chase Trl, Southaven, MS.
Mar. 23 (Natchez) - Atmos Energy Corp, 8 Andrews Dr, Natchez, MS.
Mar. 24 (Vicksburg) - Gas Plant, 801 Washington St, Vicksburg, MS.
Mar. 31(Fulton) - Itawamba County ICDC, 107 W Wigul St, Fulton, MS.

 **For more information please contact your area DPC coordinator by clicking on http://ms1call.org/damage-prevention/**
   
** For information on upcoming Pipeline Safety meetings please click on the following link: http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/calendar#pipeline_calendar_tab. **       


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