6,000 Hits to Buried Utility Lines: New Pa. Group Hopes to Head off Dangerous Mishaps

6,000 Hits to Buried Utility Lines: New Pa. Group Hopes to Head off Dangerous Mishaps

Laura Legere | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

For hours at the state Public Utility Commission on Wednesday, members of a new utility safe digging committee judged a litany of near-misses, minor catastrophes and crossed signals.

Sunoco Pipeline in Delaware County was fined $500 because an excavator scraped the coating off one of its new, but still empty, Mariner East natural gas liquids pipelines while digging in May. Sunoco thought the line was nine feet deep, not six.

Pennsylvania American Water in South Fayette, Allegheny County, was fined $750 because an employee spray painted a question mark on the pavement above a work site instead of precisely locating the buried water line. The line was later struck by diggers…(Read the full story)

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