Support Damage Prevention Legislation
Hundreds of thousands of kilometres of pipes and cables are buried across Alberta. This infrastructure provides the essential services that are the lifeblood for our communities and of our way of life, including clean water, heat, power, cell service and internet.
Damaging a buried utility is dangerous for the workers involved and can deprive homes and businesses of essential services. Each year, damage to underground infrastructure costs Albertans more than $350 million. To ensure the safety of our workers, to help protect the integrity of our buried utility network and to preserve our essential services, Alberta needs damage prevention legislation.
Provincial damage prevention legislation has been tabled in the Alberta Legislature and been referred to committee. The legislation proposes developing recommendations for future legislation. In the next few months, the committee will consult stakeholders on the bill before it is brought back to the Alberta Legislature in March, 2019.
We Need Your Help
Bill S211 has been referred to the Standing Committee on Resource Stewardship. They are requested to report the bill back to the assembly the week of March 4, 2019. This means the committee will be meeting in the coming weeks and we will expect them to ask for input from various stakeholders.
Below is a list of MLA’s who sit on the resource stewardship committee. If you live in one of their constituencies, please contact Michelle Tetreault, either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 403.519.8651. She will provide you direction on setting up a face to face meeting or sending correspondence to the appropriate committee member.
It is now more important than ever to demonstrate the dedication and support of Alberta's damage prevention and ground disturbance community.
Your voice matters. Your support will move Bill 211 forward.