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Published June 04, 2012, 10:00 AM

Companies fined for not giving notice of ND digs

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Three excavation companies have been fined a total of $2,500 for forgetting to provide notice of their digging projects.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Three excavation companies have been fined a total of $2,500 for forgetting to provide notice of their digging projects.

Two pipeline operators filed complaints against the companies.

The Belle Fourche (Bell FOOSH) Pipeline Co. suffered damage on two occasions to an 8-inch pipeline it uses to transport crude oil.

Summit Energy Services of Williston and Pro Pipe Corp. of Frenchtown, Mont., agreed to pay fines of $1,000 each for the violations.

S.J. Louis Construction of Rockville, Minn., was fined $500. The S.J. Louis fine was smaller because there was no pipeline damage.

Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk says pipeline companies are being aggressive in reporting excavators who don't provide notice of their digging projects.

The notice is needed to allow checking on whether there are other pipelines in the area.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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