Pennsylvania has modified its requirements for damage prevention programs in P.L. 852, No. 287 – Underground Utility Line Protection Law. In addition to a multitude of minor and editorial changes, the law now specifically applies to unregulated gas gathering lines. It also establishes a state-level Damage Prevention Committee, with a responsibility to:
- Review a report of an alleged violation of this act and damage prevention investigator findings and recommendations.
- Issue a warning letter to a person as deemed appropriate by the committee or as recommended by the damage prevention investigator.
- Issue an informal determination that imposes an administrative penalty.
- Require a person to attend a damage prevention educational program.
- Issue an informal determination that modifies or dismisses a recommendation of committee staff.
The new act takes effect 120 days after publication (And, for all of you really cool people, that’s 120 days after March 23, 2020).