May 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

MS Damage Prevention Summit 2016 is fast approaching. For more information and to pre-register please click on the button below.

Summit 2016
                              MS811 Events and News


  • Note: Effective July 1, 2016 excavators and utility owner/operators who fail to abide by the Mississippi Regulation of Excavations may be subject to a penalty and/or fines.  To see the recently passed Senate Bill SB 2755 please go to:
  • 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 
  • Attention Locators:  on locate requests tagged as Update, you should verify the marks are still visible.
  • Warning: utility & municipal owners please make certain any electrical and/or fiber optic cables feeding traffic lights, street lights and/or traffic cameras are protected. If you are a member of MS811, please check to be sure that we have your database already.   If not a member of MS811 please notify Amy for information on becoming  a member at (601) 368-1150.
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.
Mark Your Calendars

DPC Meetings    
May 1 (Indianola) - Entergy, 234 2nd St, Indianola, MS.
May 17 (Picayune) - Coast EPA, 6375 Hwy 11 N, Picayune, MS
May 18 (Meridian) - Atmos Energy Corp, 1701 6th St, Meridian, 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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