Failing to call 811 before digging in Colorado could cost up to $75K under gas pipeline safety …

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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 stateā€˜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…read more

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