Beginning in 2016 PHMSA form 7100.1-1 the distribution annual report, will have some new questions on the form for our gas utilities. The biggest change is the new requirement, to report for this current year, the number of excavation damages by apparent root cause using the basic root cause categories from the Common Ground Alliance’s Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT).
Last year in anticipation to PHMSA’s new form, IAMU’s April 2014 revision of the model Gas Operating and Maintenance Plan (O&M) added the DIRT reporting form to the plan. The form is titled “Dig-In Report” and is in section 11 of the O&M, pages 115 and 116. You should be using this form this year whenever you have a dig-in on your gas pipes. By filling the form out as you have dig-ins will assist you with the information you will need to fill out next year’s annual report.