Posted: October 12, 2021 at 1:39 PM CDT|Update: 6 hours ago
LOS ANGELES, 12 October 2021 / PRNewswire / – Friday, govt. Gavin Newsom signed SB 297 (Durazo) in law. This bill will enact the Wade Kilpatrick Gas Safety and Workforce Adequacy Act of 2021, prescribing increased civil penalties for operators or excavators who violate the provisions relating to excavations and underground installations and cause damage to underground utility infrastructure. SB 297 includes additional measures to promote safety and reliability while preventing repeat offenders from hitting natural gas or hazardous liquids lines. SoCalGas issued the following statement to the media in response:
“On behalf of our more than 8,000 employees, we would like to thank Governor Newsom and Senator Durazo for their leadership in helping to keep our employees safe with the passage of the Wade Kilpatrick Gas Safety and Workforce Adequacy Act of 2021 (SB 297). We take extraordinary precautions before, during and after work to make sure the job is done safely, and this bill will extend that effort to all contractors.
“In July 2019, we were saddened by the tragic loss of Wade kilpatrick, a SoCalGas employee who died during an intervention on a damaged gas pipeline. The damage was allegedly caused by a contractor who did not call 811 before starting work.
“Our hope is that increased penalties will encourage more people to call 811. Simply calling 811 before starting any excavation work can save lives, protect our community, prevent costly repairs, and deter efforts from excavation. reduction of emissions.
Statement of Utility Union Workers of America Local 132
The statement can be attributed to: Eric Hoffmann, President, Local 132
“Our siblings in UWUA Local 132 make safety our number one priority. We work tirelessly to keep natural gas safe, affordable and reliable for small businesses and families across the board. Southern california and, if need be, we fight for the safety of the public in Sacramento.
“Wade Kilpatrick’s Gas Safety Act will help fight irresponsible entrepreneurs who put lives at risk, while simultaneously promoting well-paying union jobs and a safe environment. We would like to thank Governor Newsom, Senator Durazo and the legislature for adopting this common sense security reform.
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SOURCE Southern California Gas Company
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