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April 3, 2013

State sues excavators over Joplin gas line strikes

The Missouri attorney general is suing two Arkansas businesses for violation of the state’s pre-digging call law at two locations in Joplin.

Attorney General Chris Koster said in a news release that he has filed a lawsuit alleging that DTS Custom Homes and Pinnacle Plumbing & Mechanical violated Missouri’s “One Call System” by calling in incorrect locations of excavation work performed in Joplin in May and June of last year, resulting in underground gas lines being struck.

The state is asking the court to issue injunctions prohibiting the two businesses from any further violations of the law protecting underground cables and pipes, to assess appropriate civil penalties of up to $10,000 per day and to require the defendants to cover all costs associated with any damage they caused.

DTS Custom Homes is a housing development business based in Farmington, Ark., and is owned by DTS Brokerage & Development LLC. Pinnacle Plumbing performed the excavation work for DTS Custom Homes at both locations, according to the state  attorney general’s office.


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