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one such routine monitoring activity produced the company's

first Alleged violation Repnn (AVE). the state of Mississippi's _

ofiirial reporting mechanism (or infractions involving digging - V3‘,-\\\\M

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"The AVE is the way to report a violation to the state 6&0 56¢ Gal“?

where someone should have called in an an ticlret fur P~ 04.65

the job and either didn't. or didn't wait the 43 hours to \\N

start." the employee said. ‘Anytime there's an unaulhorized wt»
encroachment, we do an AVR." - ' ' ‘ 

The nrst case was reported by Kinder Morgan personnel V I ‘ “ ~

whom they call ”rigl|I—of—way delendersr They were ,i -5“.

performing maintenance duties in the area and noticed a  " ',

ditch had been dug across the right—ol—way. bul there was no - .

record of a one call notificatinn. There were clear pipeline gxpe, fenced ¢;o,,,,,,e,c,-5,, Agems
crossing markers in place. as required hy the US Department

of Transportation. hut they appeared to have heen ignored Discover 8 H the Ways We

hy the violator. ,

can protect your business.

The rigl1t—of—way detenders were able to traclr down the

violator, who was leasing property lrom another individual. _ H

Kinder Morgan suhmilled an AVR tn Ihe slate. and a letter

was sent to the violator, PULWV BEN???

--sometime later, the same person did an excavation with a r’ ..—m V ;o, H’ «:

mechanical piece of equipmenl, maybe a tann tractor, and I 7 _ _ _ _, ,

scraped across our pipeline right—ol—way removing dirt," the  = L‘-lw ~:| '  1 >:-it-’ M 2 —\\‘—Wz
employee said. “The incidenl was spotted by our air patrol l—v:. l V '7L'H;1‘i>'

contractor who called us during the patrol. The local right ywywtpcing mm

of—way detender perlonned a field visit and determined it was

the same person."

The AVR process hegan anew. with a second report heing

filed against the oeender — now on their second nculifiralion.

The property owner also received a notifiralinn in writing, in V'VAx

addition to the violator. MTETROTEEH

The state required the violator to complete mandatory online _

training about the seriousness oi excavating near utilities, Dim-we Pmlecflafli FISH Efivi and M=cI"Ifel
and the importance of calling sit prior to any digging activity, . cm, ,,,,,,,,,, mg, mg ,,,,,,,,,,,,, mm,

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"I was able to find out alter the tact that the person did - Re-I «I--2 «Is-«man -lens

complete the training. and there were no fines in that case. - lnlemnl nallhnwun eneertn.

The lirst violation gets you a letter, the second violation is

mandatory training and the third violation is a fine. Months

later, our air patrol contractor reported a pile of topsoil near

the right—ol—way on the same piece ol property. The property :;=g;;:;: ~"Q3"~:-»;"‘;'f;_'fl-g‘:-;';=_';°~‘
owner was contacted. and he said the he would malre a one hm‘, ,m,§f‘w,_, ,,gm.,,.,

call ticlret prior to moving the dirt. so it obvinusly got his

attention." the employee said.

Kinder Morgan. along with other pipeline operators, have

state and federal requirements — as well as requiremenls

trom their internal safely department — to malre sure the

puhlir knows how imponant it is to operate sately around


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someones damage prevention ignorance. we aren't the police.

or Ihe law. so we on  you. Sometimes we need the  
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