Saltwater pipeline company fined $6500 for not registering the line with "One-Call"

Feb 17, 2017

Public Service Commissioners Randy Christmann and Julie Fedorchak.
Credit Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

A pipeline company has paid a $6500 fine for not registering a salt water pipeline in Williams County as part of the state’s “Call Before You Dig” system.

The Public Service Commission says Agri-Industries was doing some digging in the area – when workers noticed the pipeline, owned by Buckhorn Energy Services. Commissioner Julie Fedorchack said the pipeline was not registered, and the excavator did not damage the line. In a consent agreement, Buckhorn agreed to pay the $6500 fine and get all its pipelines registered.          

"It's not a minor amount of infrastructure," Fedorchak said. "Nor is it a small problem if you were to strike it accidentally."

Fedorchak said it’s important to have those lines registered to prevent damage from an excavator who followed the law, but didn’t know the pipelines were there.