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Complaints: CenturyLink Failed to Respond to Cable Marking

Minnesota¬†officials are investigating CenturyLink after receiving hundreds of complaints that the utility failed to respond to requests to locate and mark underground cables.¬† Minnesota¬†officials are investigating CenturyLink after receiving hundreds of complaints that the utility failed to respond to requests to locate and mark underground cables.¬† |  Photo: WDIO/MGN

Updated: July 18, 2019 10:45 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - State officials are investigating CenturyLink after receiving hundreds of complaints that the utility failed to respond to requests to locate and mark underground cables.

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Minnesota Public Radio News cites a state Office of Administrative Hearings document which shows CenturyLink faces more than $780,000 in fines for alleged violations of a law intended to protect the safety of people and the utility infrastructure.

State law requires property owners and professional contractors to notify the Office of Pipeline Safety before digging. Utilities must respond to the notification, often by marking the location of underground infrastructure.

CenturyLink says a contractor change has resulted in delays which it is working to resolve. The company provides internet, TV and phone service in Minnesota.

The Legislature established the safety office after a liquid pipeline erupted in flames in Mounds View, killing two people.

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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