Do you live near a Marcellus Shale gas well drilling site? Do you drive on roads close to one?
The impact of Marcellus Shale drilling on roads is a danger you might not think of right away, but it has the potential to cause car accidents and serious injuries. Heavy trucks carrying machinery and increased traffic take its toll on rural roads. Plus, vehicles can track large amounts of mud and debris onto the road – creating even more risks. Muddy streets, pooling water, potholes, and roads that are falling apart are common around the Marcellus Shale drilling sites.
If you've been injured in an accident that was caused by bad road conditions near a Marcellus Shale drilling site, contact the Pennsylvania law firm of Edgar Snyder & Associates right away. You may have a case.
Marcellus Shale drilling has been a hot topic – and a controversial one – for the past several years. Experts claim the natural gas trapped within the rock has the potential to supply the nation's gas needs for the next decade or more.
But the potential impact of Marcellus Shale drilling – made possible by a process called hydraulic fracturing with horizontal drilling, or hydrofracking – worries environmentalists, workers, and residents who live near the drilling sites. Several accidents and explosions have already occurred. There are concerns about radiation and other toxic chemicals that may come from Marcellus Shale well wastewater.
Road degradation and bad road conditions cause even more concerns. In 2010 alone, according to the New York Times, drilling companies were issued roughly 3,300 Marcellus Shale gas well permits in Pennsylvania. Many of the sites are located in rural areas that aren't used to seeing much road traffic – especially heavy trucks carrying machinery.
One study estimated that nearly 600 one-way truck trips were needed to operate a gas well from beginning to end. Some trucks weigh as much as 40 or 50 tons when fully loaded, and many of the rural roads they travel on have maximum weight limits of only eight tons. Even with posting additional weight limits and companies paying to fix some of the roads they damage, local township leaders are worried about the condition of those same roads 10 or 15 years from now.
Anywhere from 10 to 40 percent of the water sent down the well during hydrofracking returns to the surface. The wastewater contains drilling chemicals, salts, and possibly naturally occurring radioactive material. Many times the trucks track wastewater, mud, and rocks along the road as they carry equipment back and forth.
Plus, many Marcellus Shale drilling companies do not make sure drivers haul these heavy loads safely. In October 2010, state police conducted a FracNET enforcement operation that targeted vehicles involved in Marcellus Shale drilling operations. Police and the DEP cited 1,066 of 1,400 trucks for violations including vehicle maintenance, weight, and standards for hauling secure loads.
The result? Not only are you faced with driving with 18-wheelers and increased traffic on roads that are already under stress, but you also have to deal with muddy streets, hydroplane (skidding on water) risks, debris on the road, potholes, and other bad road conditions.
If you were seriously injured in a car accident and you believe the effects of Marcellus Shale drilling caused the collision, or made it worse, you need help. You need Edgar Snyder & Associates on your side.
For nearly three decades, we've helped thousands of people who were injured in all types of accidents. Our experienced attorneys are knowledgeable in the potential impact of Marcellus Shale drilling and the bad road conditions that result from well sites.
From the moment you hire our experienced attorneys and legal staff, we go to work for you:
At Edgar Snyder & Associates, protect your rights and put your mind at ease so you can focus on getting better. We can't erase your accident or the pain you're in because of your injuries, but we can get you the money you deserve.
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Think you might have a case? Contact us right away – evidence disappears quickly, especially with an accident caused by bad roads near a Marcellus Shale drilling site. Plus, there are time limits to file a claim.
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