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From The Desk Of Heidi Aragon…

Welcome to the Annual Pipeline Edition of NM811 Magazine. In New Mexico, we understand the importance of pipelines to our economy and our livelihoods. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of petroleum products traverse our beautiful state each day with only a few signs here and there to alert an observant passerby: pipeline markers dot the […]

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New Mexico Excavation Law Changes

The New Mexico Excavation Law was changed effective December 30, 2014. The rules affected by this change are 18.60.5 NMAC and 18.60.6 NMAC respectively. Below is a short summary of the changes. 18.60.5 NMAC •   Definitions updated to include: (18.60.5.7 NMAC) o   Emergency locate means the marking of underground facilities at the request […]

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New Mexico 811 Web Portal™

NM811 will be turning on the new Web Portal™ in February 2015. This new system has many great features that will make ticket creation, positive response and searching for tickets much easier for all users of NM811’s services. The interface has been updated and is much more user friendly and intuitive. For a contractor or […]

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It’s Never Too Late

by Roger Cox You can spend a lifetime running from problems, but if you don’t fix them, sooner or later they will catch back up to you. Since 2009, when PHMSA initiated an effort to assess each state and its efforts to incorporate the nine elements of effective damage prevention into each state’s damage prevention […]

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Pipeline Safety Regulatory Procedures – a little satire

by John Jacobi For those of you who enjoy the regulatory process, including petitions for rulemakings, advanced notices of proposed rulemakings, public comments, notices of proposed rulemakings, more public comments, petitions for reconsideration, more public comments, and – if all else fails – a final, final rulemaking…at least final until someone changes it – a […]

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It Takes Teamwork

By Bob Nighswonger I always enjoy watching a good football game. It’s a chance to take a firsthand look at a group of individuals coming together to achieve victory by fundamentally executing plays in their game plan. It takes extensive planning, cooperation and coordination to pull off a win. This type of teamwork takes place […]

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Trenching and Excavation Safety Part four: Protective Systems

This is the fourth and final article covering the basics of trenching and excavation safety. To recap the previous articles: Part 1 discussed the role of the “Competent Person” on the job site. Part 2 presented the importance of following the “General Requirements” section of OSHA’s 29 CFR 1926 Subpart P – Excavations. Part 3 […]

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From The Desk Of Heidi Aragon…

The Road Not Taken Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, […]

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The News Line

On August 8, 2014, Mr. Gary Sloman retired as Executive Director of New Mexico 811. We wish him the best in his retirement and Happy Fishing! The Board of Directors is finishing up the interview process and plan to have a new Executive Director hired by December 2014. On September 9, 2014, the NMRCGA’s DRETS […]

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Executive Director Gary Sloman Steps Down Leaving Legacy of Commitment and Cooperation

By Dana Brantley  Staff Writer A person who did the right things for the right reasons with understanding, compassion and care to help his fellow New Mexicans  that is how Gary Sloman wants to be remembered after nearly 13 years at the helm of New Mexico 811. He officially retired as executive director on August […]

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