The state is fining a northern Iowa company seven thousand dollars after a digging crew accidentally cut a natural gas pipeline in April. Bob Brammer, spokesman for the Iowa Attorney General’s office, explains thata tiling excavator cut the pipeline in northwest Iowa’s Palo Alto County, cutting off service to the town of Cylinder. There was no explosion but it was a dangerous situation and about ten thousand dollars damage was done. Brammer says Thompson Farm Drainage of Lone Rock may also be facing other penalties. He says the company can serve as an example of what -not- to do, as Iowa One Call should’ve been notified before the digging started.The Davenport-based Iowa One Call Center notifies utilities which are then required to mark underground utility locations with flags or paint within 48 hours so excavators can avoid lines and pipes. The round-the-clock toll-free number is 800 292-8989. One Call handles up to 40-thousand calls a month.
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