Damage Prevention Committee
Pennsylvania One Call Enforcement
Act 50 of 2017 authorizes the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) to enforce provisions of the state’s Underground Utility Line Protection Law, Act 287, also known as the “One Call Law.” The PUC’s Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement has created a section called “PA1Call Enforcement.” This section will consist of a supervisor and investigators. As a requirement of Act 50, all underground facility damages are to be documented and submitted to the PA1Call System via a facility damage investigation form found on the PUC website and the PA1Call System website.
The PUC representative on the Board of Directors of Pennsylvania One Call is a supervisor of the Pipeline Safety Section.
The report should be submitted to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission through the One Call System pursuant to the time frame set forth in Act 50 of 2017. You must have a POCS web account and be Signed in to Report an Alleged Violation (AVR).
PA One Call Law - The Underground Utility Line Protection Act was signed by Governor Tom Wolf on October 30, 2017.
Common Ground Alliance Website - CGA is a member-driven association of 1,700 individuals, organizations and sponsors in every facet of the underground utility industry.
The PUC was authorized to enforce the provisions of Act 287, also referred to as the Underground Utility Line Protection Law or Act 50, on April 28, 2018. Since that time, stakeholders have worked in a partnership with the Damage Prevention Section to support the goals of the Act. The Statistical Report uses data from the beginning of the PUC enforcement in order to examine the current Act 50 violation trends.
2020 Statistical Report - Released July 2021.
2019 Statistical Report - Released June 2020.
Damage Prevention Committee
Included in Act 50 is the creation of a Damage Prevention Committee (DPC), which will meet regularly to review alleged violations of the Act and make determinations as to the appropriate response including, but not limited to, the issuance of warning letters or administrative penalties.
DPC meetings are now held in person in Hearing Room 1 of the Commonwealth Keystone Building in Harrisburg, and will be livestreamed. Attendees also have virtual access to the meeting through Microsoft Teams.
July 12, 2022 DPC Teams Meeting Link - Or call into the telephone conference by dialing 267-332-8737, and then entering passcode 775 834 064# to listen to the meeting.
The agendas for each Damage Preventions Committee (DPC) meetings are listed below. After each meeting, the actions taken at the meetings will be included.
Tuesday, July 12, 2022 - Agenda
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - Postponed
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - Agenda
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - Cancelled due to weather.
PA One Call Enforcement Staff
The PA One Call Enforcement staff are located within the Bureau of Investigation & Enforcement (I&E) of the PUC.
As the independent investigation and enforcement bureau of the PUC, I&E enforces state and federal pipeline safety, electric safety and motor carrier safety laws and regulations and represents the public interest in ratemaking and service matters before the PUC’s Office of Administrative Law Judge. I&E has the authority to bring enforcement action, seek emergency orders from the Commission or take other steps to ensure public safety.
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