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ETIC Seeking Public Comment on One-Call Report


Posted Date: 
June 1, 2012
Contact: 
Sonja Nowakowski, Committee Staff

The Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee of the Montana Legislature is seeking public comment through June 29 on a draft report reviewing Montana's underground facility damage prevention program, also known as "one-call" or "call before you dig".

Over the past year, the bipartisan committee has been reviewing Montana's damage prevention laws. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is developing new federal rules to encourage states to strengthen one-call laws. After several meetings and public hearings, lawmakers decided not to pursue draft, committee legislation. The committee has asked damage prevention stakeholders in Montana to monitor federal rulemaking and to work toward a consensus on improving Montana's damage prevention laws.

The draft report is available on the ETIC Web site at www.leg.mt.gov/etic. Click on the link to the July 16-17 meeting to read the document.

The ETIC will meet July 16-17 in Billings to review and discuss the public comments it receives and to consider whether to revise the report or its conclusions.

Public comments should be submitted to Sonja Nowakowski, ETIC staff, at snowakowski@mt.gov (be sure that "one-call" is in the subject line) or to Legislative Services Division, Attn. Sonja Nowakowski, P.O. Box 201704, Helena, MT 59620-1704.

For more information, contact Sonja Nowakowski at 406-444-3078.

Sonja Nowakowski | (406) 444-307 | snowakowski@mt.gov