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From The Desk of Gary Sloman…

This issue of New Mexico 811 Magazine is dedicated to the conscientious employees of the pipeline industry working in our wonderful state. New Mexico is blessed with vast energy resources, and we are fortunate to have two oil basins in our state, the San Juan Basin and the Permian Basin. Eddy and Lea Counties have […]

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Doing the Right Thing

by Jason N. Montoya, P.E.  Pipeline Safety Bureau Chief Part of the foundation to making damage prevention a shared responsibility is building and maintaining working relationships, keeping stakeholders educated and ensuring compliance.  Industry uses many mechanisms to build on these subjects including public awareness and outreach programs, compliance conferences and, although not all states have […]

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New Mexico Promotes Safe Digging in April and Every Month

New Mexico 811’s 2014 Safe Digging Month Event was a joint informational event with the Public Regulation Commission (PRC) on Tuesday, April 29th. 600 invitations were sent to a variety of stakeholders around Albuquerque – excavators, local and state utility companies, regulatory agencies, and interested members of the public. Jason Montoya, PRC Pipeline Safety Bureau […]

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The News Line

The Pipeline Safety Bureau has begun enforcement of the white lining provisions of the excavation law. Effective immediately NM811 has been instructed to suspend excavation requests if the excavator has not white lined the project area as required under the law. The NM811 operators will suspend the ticket until the excavator calls back and indicates […]

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CGA 2014

by John Jacobi Today is March 15, 2014.  I just got back from the CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo in Phoenix.  It has been my privilege and pleasure to have attended every CGA annual meeting since 2003 (except one and that was beyond my control).  For me, the CGA Annual meeting is like […]

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The Orange Shoe Man

By Bob Nighswonger I was born and raised in the small town of Cushing, Oklahoma, which is known in the pipeline industry as the petroleum pipeline crossroads of the world. Growing up, my dad would often take us on a Sunday drive after church to tour what he called the tank farms, which were quickly […]

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Trenching and excavation safety Part one: The role and responsibilities of the “Competent Person”

By David V. Dow Editor’s Note: This is the first of four articles in this series that discusses specific steps that contractors and utilities can take to help insure the safety of their personnel. Obviously, this is an overview of the subject. It is impossible to properly cover the topic in just four relatively short […]

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Me & Dillard

I do not know why, but even as a little boy, I really liked being in a garden and gardening was pretty much a year round job when you depended on it for most of what you ate. Barnyard fertilizer was plowed into the ground not just before the garden was planted, but after the […]

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From The Desk Of Gary Sloman…

The cover of this issue of NM811 Magazine features New Mexico’s well known state bird, the Roadrunner. The hen is on high alert and ready to move the instant it comprehends what is about to happen. Could be the danger sensed by the presence of the photographer, could be prey for a meal, but whatever […]

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Protect What Matters

There are almost 19 million miles of buried pipelines, power lines, and telephone cables in the United States. That is the length of a football field of buried infrastructure for every man, woman, and child. When an excavator hits any of these, it can lead to explosions, loss of 911 service, power outages, electric shock, […]

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