Appointed by Governor to 2-year terms:
David M. Gaines, Chair (chosen by Authority in Jan., 1-year term), 2024

Jennifer R. Arroyo; Michael David Beall. Terms expire 2024.

Keith H. Dill; James E. Dudley; Mark C. Haines; Bahareh Inanloo; James E. Jennings; David C. Wilkins. Terms expire 2025.

James A. Barron, Executive Director

7223 Parkway Drive, Suite 100, Hanover, MD 21076
(410) 782-2102


In October 2010, the Maryland Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Authority was authorized by the General Assembly (Chapter 635, Acts of 2010).

To protect underground facilities, such as natural gas, telephone, cable, television, water and sewer lines, State law requires that persons planning an excavation or demolition project notify the owners of nearby facilities so that the locations can be clearly marked. The Maryland Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Authority hears complaints and assesses civil penalties for violations of the law. The Authority also may require that violators of the law undergo damage prevention training instead of or in addition to civil penalties.

The Maryland Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Education and Outreach Fund is overseen by the Authority. The Fund covers the costs of public education and outreach programs, and the development of safety procedures to prevent damage to underground facilities (Code Public Utilities Article, sec. 12-117). All civil penalty fines collected from violators of the statute go to the Authority's Education and Outreach Fund.

Appointed to two-year terms by the Governor, nine members constitute the Authority (Code Public Utilities Article, secs. 12-106 through 12-114).

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