CORNWALL, Ontario – Contractor Malyon Excavation Inc. was fined $25,000 by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) for damaging two natural gas pipelines.
Malyon pleaded guilty on March 5, 2019 to damaging a pipeline on Fifth St. in Cornwall in December of 2016 and to another incident on Beach Rd. in Cornwall in July of 2017. Malyon was fined $10,000 per-incident along with a 25 percent victim surcharge.
“Hitting a pipeline with pressurized gas is a significant risk to public safety,” said John Marshall, Director of TSSA’s Fuels Safety Program. “It can cause explosions, damage, injury and death. That’s why Ontario has stringent laws around pipeline safety, including rules to obtain a valid locate before breaking ground and to hand dig within one metre of utility markings.”
Seaway News reached out for a statement from Malyon, but did not receive a response at time of publication.