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Black Hills Energy says April is national dig safely month

A Black Hills Energy truck to remind people to call 811
A Black Hills Energy truck to remind people to call 811(Bobbee Russell)
Published: Apr. 6, 2021 at 5:10 PM CDT
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CASPER Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - April is the national safe digging month and Black Hills Energy wants people to call 811 before community members start any spring projects.

Black Hills Energy’s goal is to keep the community safe. Jesse Henderson, the damage prevention coordinator, said calling 811 should be a priority before they start a project.

“It doesn’t matter what you’re going to do. It’s free, the law and we want people to be safe,” Henderson said. After the call, community members should outline with white paint or something that shows where they are going to dig. Henderson adds the next step is to wait two full business days before digging.

“If you call in today it won’t count. Tomorrow and the next day are your two days. You’ll be cleared to dig on Friday,” Henderson said. If people don’t call and dig anyway, it can be easy for them to hit a gas line and put people in danger. “It put s people that hit the line, our employees and the general public in danger,” Henderson said.

There are fines for offenses: $5,000 if people don’t call, $5,000 if people hit a gas line on a first offense. The highest the fine can be is $75,000 for a third strike. Henderson said the money from these fines goes to the school district.

April is National Safe Digging month, but they hope people are safe all year round.

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