The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) has issued its Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) Report for 2011, providing a summary and analysis of the pipeline damage, near miss, and downtime events that occurred in 2011. The DIRT Report identifies the importance of calling 811 as most critical to safety. When an excavator notifies a one call center before digging, damage occurs less than 1 percent of the time, according to the report. The report also estimates that the total number of damages could be reduced by 31 percent if all digging was preceded by a locate request. The number of events submitted to DIRT for 2011 totaled nearly 208,000 for Canada and the U.S., up significantly from the previous year. CGA attributes the increase to more robust reporting. The complete DIRT Annual Report for 2011 is available for download at the CGA website.