Lawmakers want to fine those responsible for pipeline damage in Colorado as part of safety effort

Lawmakers want to fine those responsible for pipeline damage in Colorado as part of safety effort

Christopher Osher | The Denver Post

Responding to growing concerns over gas pipeline safety, a bipartisan group of legislators is proposing a plan to create a new state commission to investigate and fine those responsible for damages to lines due to digging in the ground.

The proposal, which has the backing of Republican State Sen. Ray Scott of Grand Junction and Democratic State Sen. Kerry Donovan of Vail, would impose fines of up to $75,000 for violations of the state’s 811 call system. That system requires excavators to call 811 before they dig. Those calls generate alerts to owners of pipelines who must then identify for the excavator the location of piping and other underground infrastructure.

Industry officials, particularly those tied to telecom companies, beat back an earlier version of the plan that would have placed enforcement under the state’s Public Utilities Commission…(Read the full story)

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