August 2016-E-Newsletter
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 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:

National 811 Day - August 11,2016 (8/11) is National 811 Day. Please show your support of Safe excavation by displaying the 811 logo. In conjunction with National 811 day, Mississippi’s Safety City will hold its Grand opening!!!! 

Safety City - The Mississippi Public Service Commission, Pipeline Safety Division in conjunction with the Mississippi Fire Academy, partnered to create a new state-of-the-art natural gas training facility. This new facility will be located on Mississippi Fire Academy (1 Fire Academy Rd, Pearl, MS ) property and will offer operator qualification opportunities for individuals working in the natural gas industry. The Grand Opening will be August 11, 2016 (811 Day). For more information click on the following link


Positive Response
The Call Center Positive Response system is voluntary processes in which the locator can either manually login to a web site & log response info. (“lines marked” or “no conflict”) or they can link their ticket management system to the site to automatically send response information from their ticket management system to the Call Center Positive Response system.  Our Positive Response system DOES NOT send this response information back to the excavator.  However an excavator can go to our Positive Response web site, look up a ticket & view any response information entered by the few member utility companies using it.  Some locators have are sending automated responses by phone, email or fax on their own, through their own ticket management systems or Korweb.  Korweb can be setup to send automated response, however the member would need to contact Korterra, to have the feature setup and there is a cost involved.  That cost is paid to Korterra not MS811.
To comply with the law, locators must mark the utility lines or contact the excavator in some way to inform them that there is no conflict.  When there is no conflict the locator can contact the excavator manually or they can have their ticket management system setup to make an automated call or send an automated message (text, fax, email) to the excavator.  They can also have their ticket management system setup to send automated “lines have been marked” messages, which are very helpful, but not required by law.


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    
Aug 9 (Philadelphia) - Central Water Association, 915 Valley View Dr, Philadelphia, MS.
Aug 13 (Natchez) - Atmos Energy Corp, 8 Andrews Dr, Natchez, 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: **   

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

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