Canadian Common Ground Alliance
Uncontrolled excavation, or undertaking a digging project without knowing the location of underground infrastructure (such as natural gas service lines, oil pipelines, electricity wires, and telecommunications wires) is the most frequent cause of damage to buried infrastructure. To minimize damages and ensure the highest level of productivity and public, worker, and community safety, the Canadian Common Ground Alliance (CCGA) argues that damage prevention legislation must be nationally consistent.
The CCGA White Paper, Damage Prevention Legislation Elements Required for Canada, articulates a series of principles and specific elements for effective legislation that, along with other key elements like improved communication and the development of safe excavation best practices, would result in greater protection of underground infrastructure, and community safety.
Please click HERE for the News Release.
For more information, please contact Mike Sullivan
L’identification, la localisation et le marquage de l’emplacement des infrastructures souterraines sont indispensables avant de commencer l’excavation peu importe s’il s’agit de travaux routiers, de construction résidentielle ou commerciale ou encore d'un projet résidentiel tel que la construction d'une clôture ou d’une terrasse. Le Canadian Common Ground Alliance soutient que l’adoption d’une législation et d'une réglementation efficaces et cohérentes au Canada améliorerait grandement les pratiques en matière d’excavation ainsi que la protection des grands réseaux canadiens d'infrastructures.
Des exigences et une législation claires et cohérentes, telles que décrites dans le livre blanc du CCGA, réduiraient les dommages et augmenteraient la productivité des chantiers de construction, mais amélioreraient surtout la sécurité des travailleurs, du public et de la communauté.
S'il vous plaît cliquer ICI pour le communiqué.
Pour de plus amples informations, veuillez contacter Mike Sullivan
MPP for Sarnia-Lambton, Bob Bailey, issued this Press Release yesterday.
The CCGA wishes to recognize MPP Bailey for his leadership and collaborative work with the ORCGA and its safety partners in helping achieve this necessary goal!
"This is a giant leap forward for damage prevention in Canada", says CCGA Chair and President of Alberta One-Call, Mike Sullivan. "It sets the bar for the rest of the country and provides us with a virtual roadmap to reach the same destination."
The CCGA applauds the Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance on its efforts to pass Bill 8 - Mandatory One-Call for Ontario. As reported by Enbridge Gas Distribution, all three political parties in Ontario worked together to achieve this important goal.
One Call systems exist in the provinces of Québec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia and in the City of Saint John, New Brunswick. Ontario's new legislation will lead to the implementation of a single 'One Call' system in the province making it easier for Ontarians to find out the location of underground infrastructure before they dig. Membership in the existing system is voluntary, and at times, Ontarians were required to make up to 13 separate calls to obtain this important information. All too often, this confusing process led to people digging without contacting local utilities for the location of underground wires, cables and pipes, a scenario that could be extremely dangerous or even deadly.
Although some regulators of buried utilities require their regulated companies to belong to a provincial One-Call system, membership in One-Call systems across Canada is largely voluntary. Realizing a One Call System serving every province in Canada and Mandatory One-Call legislation are two of the CCGA's goals and it is hoped that Ontario's success will lead other provinces to follow the same path.
Please click HERE for more details.
The Harper Government announced its Plan for Responsible Resource Development today. For the transmission pipeline industry, the Plan includes provisions of monetary penalties for violations of the National Energy Board Act.
Below are two bullet points addressing the new provisions:
To see the full announcement, click HERE.
The BCCGA is hosting a FREE Contractor Breakfast at the Sheraton Guilford Hotel in Surrey on April 18th between 7:00AM and 8:00AM.
You don't have to be a BCCGA Member to attend! Register for the breakfast at www.commongroundbc.ca
The ABCGA will be hosting two safety seminars on April 10th in Red Deer and April 12th in Bonnyville. Eric Giguere will be delivering the keynote address - a life-altering experience you won't want to miss!
Click HERE for the invitation!
The Manitoba Common Ground Alliance, a regional partner of the CGA, is a member driven organization dedicated to ensuring worker and public safety, environmental protection and the integrity of services by promoting effective damage prevention practices in connection with underground infrastructure activities.
The MCGA officially became a Regional Partner of the Common Ground Alliance in March 2011.
It is with disappointment that the CCGA, its Regional Partners across Canada and its National Stakeholders The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association and the Canadian Gas Association, announce the CRTC decision to deny our application for shared use of the 811 dialling code. For a Telecom proceeding, our application generated an unprecedented level of positive response from coast to coast. With that in mind, we remain confident there is a strong public desire to simplify access to One Call systems in Canada enhancing the integrity of our buried critical infrastructure and above all, better protecting public, worker and Community Safety. To that end, the CCGA and its partners are reviewing the CRTC's decision and considering next steps.
Click the link below to see the CRTC's decision:
The National Energy Board released its Damage Prevention Framework (click HERE for French) earlier today outlining the go-forward steps it will take to effectively promote public and community safety and the integrity of federally-regulated pipelines in Canada.
The CCGA acknowledges the positive direction of the NEB's Damage Prevention Framework and is looking forward to collaborating with the Board to meet our common damage prevention goals.
- Mike Sullivan - Chair, CCGA
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