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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

State Police Place 208 Trucks Out of Service During "Operation FracNET"

State Police Place 208 Trucks Out of Service During "Operation FracNET"

Effort Focuses on Trucks Hauling Wastewater from Natural Gas Drilling Sites

Harrisburg - The Pennsylvania State Police placed 208 trucks out of service during a three-day enforcement effort that focused on commercial vehicles hauling waste water from Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling operations in the state, Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski announced today.

"Pennsylvania is experiencing heavy truck traffic in areas where Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling operations are taking place, particularly in Bradford, Clearfield, Susquehanna, Tioga and Washington counties," Pawlowski said. "The process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, requires significant amounts of water to be delivered to the sites and later trucked away."

Pawlowski said 140 of the vehicles placed out of service were trucks hauling waste water from the drilling operations. The others were trucks being used in support of drilling operations, or trucks not involved in drilling operations that were traveling roads where the inspections took place.

In total, 1,135 trucks were inspected during "Operation FracNET," which was conducted Sept. 27-29. State police Troops B, C, F, P and R participated.

In addition to placing vehicles out of service, state police also issued 959 citations and placed 64 drivers out of service. The most common problems involved faulty brakes, exterior lighting issues and hauling permit violations.

During an "Operation FracNET" held June 14-16, troopers placed 250 trucks and 45 drivers out of service and issued 669 citations.

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Information by Troop

* Troop B (Allegheny, Fayette, Greene and Washington counties), 343 inspections; 60 vehicles placed out of service; 168 citations;

* Troop C (Clarion, Clearfield, Forest, Elk, Jefferson and McKean counties), 158 inspections; 21 vehicles placed out of service; 97 citations;

* Troop F (Cameron, Clinton, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Union and Tioga counties), 258 vehicles inspected; 30 vehicles placed out of service; 160 citations;

* Troop P (Bradford, Sullivan, Wyoming and part of Luzerne counties), 207 inspections; 75 vehicles placed out of service; 418 citations;

* Troop R (Lackawanna, Pike, Susquehanna and Wayne counties), 169 inspections; 22 vehicles placed out of service; 116 citations.


Finneus J Dildine said...

Operation Fracnet!! Gotta love it!! Obviuosly the State Troopers don't like to drink contaminated water any more than the rest of us locals.

Anonymous said...

Yeah..... I'm thrilled to have some of these dangerous and illegal trucks and chemicals off our roads. I wish they would just go away. This is tragic what they are doing to our beautiful woodlands and waters.

Anonymous said...

sounds to me like the state will get its money by tax or by tariff. we the people won't benefit from this money. it will be wasted by the state as all of our money is. this wont hinder operations i'm sure, it will just cost us in the end. 45 truck drivers no longer can earn money in their profession. nearly a thousand fined for doing their job. i find it hard to believe that 959 truck drivers out of 1135 are criminals of the sort we like or need to see harassed if they be criminals at all. be responsible for yourself. and dont covet. especially YOU leaders of pennsylvania

Anonymous said...

@5:55 it right, or don't do it at all. Your post is a truck load of whining. These trucks violated road safety laws and it's right to get those violations corrected. YOU have it backwards....Be responsible to others whom you may impact through your actions. Teabagging Fool.

Anonymous said...

Teabagging Fool???

You might not like their post but what does his opinion have to do with the teabag movement? Oh, that's right we should "do as they say not as they do"? Get real!