The June 2017 CGA newsletter is now available, read it here.
The June 2017 CGA newsletter is now available, read it here.
First responders and utility, oil and gas and Kerr County personnel joined together June 15 for the “Hill Country Excavation Day” and took part in dynamic hands-on scenario safety training. A key point throughout the training was use of the State of Texas’ nonprofit service to “call 811 before you dig to get underground utilities located for free.”
This event was open to the public, and some participating adults brought their children to see the events.
A demonstration was provided by Kerrville Public Utility Board personnel in a highly visible “arc and spark” event, to highlight the dangers of working around live electricity, downed power lines and other dangerous situations.
The KPUB presentation included information that crew members are supposed to wear a hardhat, a high-visibility vest, safety glasses, steel-toed or sturdy workboots, earplugs and gloves. Flame-resistant long-sleeved shirts also were stressed; and combining all that means it’s always hot work. Professionals aren’t allowed to dress for the hot weather and work in sleeveless t-shirts and no protection anymore.
The KPUB demonstration included hitting a series of objects with live electricity to show how easily almost anything will conduct electricity.
They started with a live wire, and progressed to a section of cyclone fence, an aluminum ladder, a hot dog to mimic the water content of a human body, a piece of cotton t-shirt and part of a tree limb. All allowed arcs of electricity to flash between the source and through the common objects.
Read the full article here: ‘Excavation Safety Day’ combines area emergency personnel http://bit.ly/2sAeiNw
Whether they are raiding apartments in Vail, trashing cars in Aspen or Steamboat Springs, or disrupting foot races in Boulder or Colorado Springs, Colorado bears are out in full force. The weather is warming up and as the rising human population encroaches into bear territory, interactions between humans and bruins are becoming increasingly common.
But there are things you can do to reduce potential conflict. Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill offered some of the best ways to keep you, your belongings and the bears safe, whether you live in bear country or you’re just visiting during the summer months.
Colorado’s bears are awake. Here’s how to keep yourself — and them — safe http://dpo.st/2rBC7R7
An April 17 home explosion in Firestone, Colorado, that killed two and hospitalized a third, has been traced back to an abandoned flowline that bled off gas from a nearby wellhead into the soil next to the home’s foundation.
The incident prompted an initial voluntary shutdown of wells from three operators, renewed attention to the friction between expanding urban areas and oil and gas development, and an order from Gov. John Hickenlooper for oil and gas operators to inspect active and abandoned flowlines.
Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District investigators concluded May 2 that the flowline was improperly abandoned, meaning it wasn’t capped at both the well end and the far end of the line. The well was inactive for some time. When it was brought back into production in January 2017, methane and propane seeped into the soil near the home of Mark and Erin Martinez from the uncapped line. The gas moved from the soil into the home through a French Drain and sump pit, according to investigators. In contrast to leaking utility pipelines which contain the rotten egg smell — mercaptan — this gas was unscented.
If homeowners are planning to dig underground, they should dial 811, or go to Colorado 811. The nonprofit has a computer system that routes the request to the proper company, including utilities, cable providers and oil and gas operators. They have three days to process the request. If there are lines that homeowners needs to steer clear of, it’s the company’s responsibility to mark on the property where they are. Always remember to call before you dig.
“We never want anybody out there excavating without having the proper locations out there,” said Colorado 811 Chief Executive Officer J.D. Maniscalco. “If they are ever in doubt. Call us back. Ask for a second notice to be sent.”
READ MORE: 7 Questions We Can Answer About Colorado’s Order To Inspect Wells And Flowlines http://bit.ly/2rNex7z
Bought a home in Colorado and don’t know what to do with your sizable new yard? There are countless examples of houses that have been completely transformed through simple landscaping tricks. Whether you want a classy garden, lots of oxygen-giving trees or stone structures and walkways that are completely out of this world, the best Colorado landscaping experts will be able to help you out.
The Most Popular Landscaping Ideas for Colorado
Compared to other states, Colorado is somewhat trickier for landscaping professionals, since there are many regulations pertaining to the climatic and geographic circumstances associated with the landscaping projects in the area. From high altitudes, to low precipitation, to extreme cold weather, there are many factors that could lead to experts pulling the plug on many of your ideas.
So what’s left to consider? As it turns out, you can actually opt for a diverse and imaginative range of landscaping elements you can consider for your projects:
herbs into your potted plants and add basil, kale or thyme to your flowering garden.
Hiring a Qualified Landscaping Contractor
Landscaping is only easy when conducted by licensed, highly professional and highly experienced local Colorado experts.
To make sure you’re getting the most out of your landscaping deal, consider landscaping contractors that have at least 5-10 years of experience in the business, and can provide you with copies of their license, insurance policies and testimonials from satisfied customers who have used their services in the past.
RSVP to Anthony Joosten at [email protected]
Outage Update (10:30 am): Our phone system (811) is online and available. Thank you for your patience!
What: The 811 Run is a 5k run/walk and public awareness event to highlight the safety message – Know What’s Below. Contact 811 before you dig.
When: August 12th 2017 @ 8:11am
Where: Apex Center in Arvada, CO (13150 W 72nd Ave, Arvada, CO 80005)
This certified 5k run is only $8.11 and takes place at the Apex Center in Arvada, CO. Tech running shirts are included with registration. This family friendly (including your four-legged furry family members) run/walk will start at 8:11 a.m. and will have a post-run safety expo that will include utility companies, Arvada Fire, safety demonstrations, music, prizes and other giveaways.
We look forward to seeing you there! To see photos from the 2016 811 Run, click here.
All funds raised from the 2017 811 Run will be donated to Veterans Expeditions.
VetEx is a veteran-run, veteran-led non-profit that uses wilderness challenges to connect veterans, create community, build self-esteem and raise awareness about the issues facing veterans as they transition back to civilian life.
The Western Slope Damage Prevention Council invites you to join them for their 6th Annual Damage Prevention Golf Tournament on Friday, June 23, 2017. Hole Sponsorships go to support the Western Slope Damage Prevention Council and all proceeds for Mulligan sales will be donated to Kids Aid and The House. Cash prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams.
Download the flyer here.
Communications Outage Notice Update: (11:50am) 811 is back up and running, thank you for your patience!