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Nominations Sought for Damage Prevention Committee

Published on 10/13/2020

Filed under: Consumer Education Electric Gas Pipeline Telecommunications

PUC Reminds Stakeholders about October 30 Deadline

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today reminded stakeholders and concerned citizens across the state about the search for individuals to serve on the PUC’s Damage Prevention Committee (DPC), which is a key element of enhanced efforts to safeguard underground utilities.

Qualified Candidates Sought

The PUC is currently accepting DPC nominations for representatives from each of the following industries:

  1. Non-municipally owned or affiliated facility owner industries – including natural gas and electric – nominated by facility owners or affiliated organizations (two positions),
  2. Excavators – nominated by excavators or affiliated organizations (one position); and
  3. Local government – nominated by local governments or affiliated organizations (one position).

How to Apply

Nominations will be accepted until Oct. 30, 2020, and new DPC appointees will begin their three-year terms in 2021. Nomination forms and instructions are available on the PUC website

Completed nomination forms should be submitted to the Secretary of the PUC, Rosemary Chiavetta, at

Creation of the committee was authorized by Act 50 of 2017, which enhances Pennsylvania’s Underground Utility Line Protection Act – also known as the “One Call Law.”  Appointments to the DPC will begin in 2021, and persons appointed to the DPC must have the appropriate level of expertise within the operation of Act 50.

In accordance with Act 50, membership on the DPC includes: non-municipal owned or affiliated facility owner industries, such as the electric, natural gas or petroleum pipelines, telephone, water or wastewater and cable television industries; excavators; municipal governments; and municipal authorities.  Each member shall serve a term of three years. After the term is completed, members are required to reapply for DPC membership.

Questions regarding nominations for the PUC’s Damage Prevention Committee should be directed to Kasha Schreffler, Supervisor of the PUC’s Damage Prevention Team, at or (717) 787-6382.

About the DPC

The DPC is a peer-based group of 13 representatives, nominated by their industry or affiliated organization and appointed by the PUC. The DPC meets regularly to review alleged violations of Act 50 and make informal determinations as to the appropriate response including, but not limited to, the issuance of warning letters, mandatory training programs and/or administrative penalties. Summaries and actions taken at monthly DPC meetings are available on the PUC’s website.

About the Bureau of Investigation & Enforcement (I&E)

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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