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 an estimated $350 million. To ensure the safety of our workers, protect the integrity of our buried utility network, and to preserve our essential services, Alberta needs damage prevention legislation.
Support Damage Prevention Legislation
Provincial damage prevention legislation was tabled in the Alberta Legislature in 2019 but did not pass third reading due to the provincial election that year. With our Government Relations Contractor, Concentric Public Affairs, and our new Government Relations Committee, we are preparing to re-table legislation.
If you are a Utility Safety Partners member and wish to get involved in the damage prevention legislation initiative, please send an email to [email protected] with “Government Relations Committee” in the subject line.
Draft Legislation Request for Comments
Utility Safety Partners has prepared a 2nd draft of Proposed Damage Prevention Legislation following posting of the first draft for a 30 day comment period. The USP Government Relations Committee has reviewed and responded to all comments. With the objective to maintain transparency during this process, USP provides this comment and response matrix. Those comments that were incorporated into the 2nd draft appear in the matrix in blue text.
This second draft is posted for 30 days’ comment period and we invite you to use THIS MICROSITE to deliver your comments. Upon completion, you and USP will receive a copy of your comments in a PDF document delivered to your email address. Once comments have been considered on the second version, the third and final version of the legislation will be presented to the UCP government.