Majority of Marcellus Shale Trucks Cited for Safety Violations
Studies have shown that Marcellus Shale gas drilling requires anywhere from 400 to 1,300 heavy trucks to complete one well. Pennsylvania State Police and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are doing what they can to protect area drivers from these trucks, citing three-quarters of them for various violations in their most recent enforcement campaign, "Operation FracNET."
During the operation, state troopers and the DEP targeted trucks used to haul water for natural gas fracking. Over 1,000 of the 1,400 trucks they stopped were issued citations. Included in the inspections were components that affect the trucks' operational safety, such as braking systems and exterior lights, in addition to vehicle weight and standards for maintaining safe and secure loads. Here are the results for southwestern PA:
- Allegheny, Fayette, Greene and Washington counties – state police inspected 234 trucks, issued 101 citations, and placed 27 vehicles out of service.
- Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland counties – the DEP conducted 69 inspections, issued 21 notices of violation, and issued seven citations.
There were almost 300,000 crashes involving large trucks in the United States last year, causing 53,000 injuries. Pennsylvania records over 5,000 heavy truck accidents each year.
"PSP, DEP Announce Latest Operation FracNET Results." GantDaily.com. November 10, 2010.