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A Montana construction company has been fined $500 for a violation of North Dakota’s “call before you dig” law.

Energy company Kinder-Morgan filed the complaint against Crawford Construction Company, for work being done in the Bowman area. The complaint alleged Crawford failed to renew a location request prior to the expiration of its original request.

For the past several years, the North Dakota Public Service Commission has received a $10,000 grant to advertise the “one call” program, Call Before You Dig.

The money comes from the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. And it normally goes toward advertising, mainly to billboards.

But this year, the PSC has applied for $60,000 -- $10,000 for advertising, and $50,000 to cover staff investigation and legal time.

Three companies that were alleged to have violated North Dakota’s “Call-Before-You-Dig” law face fines, under what the Public Service Commission calls an “Order on Default.”

In other words, complaints were filed against the companies in question, and when PSC staff tried to contact them, there was no response.

R. J. Corman Derailment Services was fined $500. Kollman Construction faces a $1000 penalty. And Bulldog Concrete will have to pay $1500. All started digging before making that call.

A representative of Verendrye Electric Cooperative in north central North Dakota wants to see some strengthening of North Dakota’s “call before you dig” law.

"We're worried about a death occurring in these dig-in problems that we've had," said Tom Rafferty, the community relations manager withe Velva-based Verendrye. "Not only that, we're tired of our lines being hit by companies."

Jamestown contractor faces $10,000 in additional fines

Jul 31, 2015

A Jamestown contractor faces another $10,000 in fines for numerous violations of North Dakota’s “Call Before You Dig” law.

A Fargo contractor has been fined $6000 for a violation of North Dakota’s “call before you dig” law,

The Public Service Commission says Robert Gibb and Sons was working near Arnegard, installing a water line, when an 8-inch refined fuels pipeline belonging to St. Paul-based Cenex Harvest States was damaged.

"The estimated amount of damages is between $533,000 and $613,000," said Commissioner Brian Kalk. "This is a very large dollar amount."

A Jamestown construction company faces a number of fines for allegedly violating North Dakota’s “call before you dig” law.

The Public Service Commission’s staff is proposing $60,000 in fines for Northwest Excavating. Many of the violations took place in and around Ross, North Dakota.

"This is, by far, the largest we've ever seen," said Commission chairman Brian Kalk. "It's unprecedented."

A Minnesota contractor will not face any fines after it damaged an MDU gas line in Minot.

MDU filed a complaint against Tom’s Backhoe Service of Brainerd, saying it violated the state’s one-call excavation notice law. The company had asked for – and received – permission to dig.

"The alleged violation was that Tom's Backhoe did not execute the appropriate care required during excavation," said North Dakota Public Service Commission chairman Brian Kalk.

Big one-call fine for a Nebraska firm

Nov 20, 2014

A Nebraska company has agreed to pay a $12,000 fine for violating North Dakota’s “call before you dig” law.

The Public Service Commission says T & A Turf and Irrigation was working in the Minot area, putting in an irrigation system at the Minot Country Club. While digging, an electric feeder line owned by Verendrye Electric Cooperative was damaged.

"There was over 500 residential customers that were affected," said PSC Chairman Brian Kalk. "One hundred businesses and one clinic lost power for one hour. So it was a very big outage."

Jamestown company facing more 'do-not-call' fines

Nov 7, 2014

A Jamestown contractor now faces 14 complaints that it violated North Dakota’s “Call Before You Dig” law.

Most of the complaints against Northern Excavating came from work it was doing in and around Ross, North Dakota. One complaint came from MDU in Bismarck.

This week, 7 complaints were filed against the company – and Public Service Commission staff have proposed fines totaling $42,500 in those cases.

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