Enforcement Actions

State of Florida Division of Administrative Hearings

Case No. 18-0221
TECO Peoples Gas Company, Petitioner, vs. Medalist Building Group, LLC, Respondent  

Final Hearing Date
March 14, 2018

Incident Date
January 8, 2018

Incident Location
At or around 1380 SE Cove Road, Stuart, Florida

Incident Description
While digging to uproot a tree, the trackhoe excavator ruptured a six-inch underground gas distribution main owned and operated by Peoples Gas.

Incident Damage Cost
Preliminary expenses incurred (by Peoples Gas) as a result of the gas line rupture was no less than $127,000.

Final Order Date
May 15, 2018

Causation
Medalist’s violation of section 556.107(1)(a) (failure to notify Sunshine 811 prior to commencing work on January 8, 2018) was the proximate cause of the incident.    

Disposition
Medalist shall pay a fine the amount of $15,000 to the Sunshine 811 system.  

Payment Date
August 15, 2018

Case No. 19-2743
TECO Peoples Gas Company, Petitioner, vs. Cougar Contracting, LLC, Respondent 

Final Hearing Date
July 18, 2019

Date
May 18, 2019

Location
At or around 16641 South Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, FL

Description
While installing a storm structure, the backhoe excavator ruptured an eight-inch steel underground gas distribution main owned and operated by Peoples Gas.

Damage Cost
Preliminary cost (to Peoples Gas) to repair the main and restore service to 17 customers was $156,745.

Final Order Date
August 28, 2019

Causation
Cougar’s failure to notify Sunshine 811 prior to commencing work on May 18, 2019 is the proximate cause of the incident.   

Disposition
Cougar shall pay a fine in the amount of $5,000 to the Sunshine 811 system. 

Payment Date
September 5, 2019