Apply for permission to blast at a quarry

If you plan on blasting at a quarry near a gas pipeline, here is how to apply for permission.

Pipeline Safety and Engineering Division

The Details

What you need

If you intend to blast at a quarry within 500 feet of a natural gas pipeline or metering and regulation station, you must first get approval from the DPU's Pipeline Division.  If you do not get approval before blasting, you may be found in violation of state law, St. 2014, c. 149, § 7.

To get the required approval, you must submit an Application for Blasting at Quarries, by email or mail, along with the following:

  • a copy of the blasting plan;
  • the associated Dig Safe ticket(s); and
  • the approved FP‑6 permit issued by the local fire department.  

How to apply

You can email your application to the following individuals (include all three email addresses)

deborah.hampton@state.ma.us; richard.wallace@state.ma.us; phillip.denton@state.ma.us.

Or, you can mail your application and associated documents to:

Director, Pipeline Engineering and Safety Division

Department of Public Utilities

One South Station

Boston, MA 02110

Next steps

  1. Advance Electronic Notice

    No less than 24 hours before your blasting operation, you must email the following individuals with the scheduled date of the specific blasting operation, a copy of the associated Dig Safe ticket(s), and a copy of the approved Application for Blasting:

    deborah.hampton@state.ma.us; richard.wallace@state.ma.us; phillip.denton@state.ma.us.

  2. Notice of cancelled blast

    If your planned blasting operation does not take place on the scheduled date, you must inform the individuals noted above by email.

More info

You will need to submit a new Application if the following occurs:

  • If your schedule changes and the blast will occur on a date other than the one specified in your Application, you must submit a new Application with a copy of the blasting plan, the associated Dig Safe ticket(s), and the approved FP-6 permit. 
  • If your blasting plan changes, you must submit a new Application (with the associated Dig Safe ticket(s) and FP-6 permit).  You must also secure a new Dig Safe ticket  at http://www.digsafe.com/.

Contact

Address

One South Station, Fifth Floor, 700 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA 02110

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