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Help 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.

It is now more important than ever to demonstrate the dedication and support of our damage prevention and ground disturbance community. We need organizations like yours to submit a signed letter of support in favour of provincial damage prevention legislation in Alberta.

To get you started, we've developed a sample letter you can use. We ask that you please send your signed letter of support to executivedirector@albertacga.ca.

And show your support online by following @AB_CGA on Twitter and posting with the hashtag #DigSafe.

Your voice matters. Your support will move Bill 211 forward.

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