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Thursday, March 24, 2011

State Police: 131 Trucks Placed Out of Service During Multi-Agency ‘Operation FracNET’

‘Operation FracNET’

Effort Targets Trucks Hauling Wastewater
from Natural Gas Drilling Sites

Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania State Police, working with the Pennsylvania
Department of Environmental Protection, the Pennsylvania Public Utility
Commission and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, placed 131 trucks out of service during a two-day enforcement effort focusing on commercial vehicles hauling waste water from Marcellus shale natural gas drilling operations in the state, Commissioner Frank Noonan announced today.

Noonan said 731 commercial trucks were inspected March 14-15 during “Operation FracNET.” He said 14 drivers were placed out of service and state troopers issued 421 traffic citations and 824 written warnings. In addition, DEP personnel issued 35 citations and 13 written warnings. The most common violations involved faulty brakes and insufficient exterior lighting, Noonan said.

“Extracting natural gas from Marcellus shale involves hydraulic fracturing, or
fracking, which requires significant amounts of water to be delivered to the sites
and later trucked away,” Noonan said. “Our efforts focused on identifying vehicle
safety deficiencies that could lead to crashes.”

He said state police Troops A, B, C, F, P and R participated, as well as personnel
form DEP’s Southwest, Northwest and North-central Regional Offices.

Editor’s Note: Following is a breakdown, by state police troop area, of the
number of inspections conducted; number of vehicles placed out of service; and
citations issued by state police during the three-day program:

· Troop A (Cambria, Indiana, Somerset and Westmoreland counties), 140
inspections; 27 vehicles placed out of service; no drivers placed out of
service; 72 citations.

· Troop B (Allegheny, Fayette, Greene and Washington counties), 194
inspections; 26 vehicles placed out of service; one driver placed out of
service; 72 citations.

· Troop C (Clarion, Clearfield, Forest, Elk, Jefferson and McKean counties), 94
inspections; eight vehicles placed out of service; three drivers placed out of
service; 25 citations.

· Troop F (Cameron, Clinton, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Union and Tioga counties), 180 vehicles inspected; 37 vehicles placed out of service; one driver placed out of service; 123 citations.

· Troop P (Bradford, Sullivan, Wyoming and part of Luzerne counties), 57
inspections; 21 vehicles placed out of service; seven drivers placed out of
service; 25 citations.

· Troop R (Lackawanna, Pike, Susquehanna and Wayne counties), 66
inspections; 12 vehicles placed out of service; two drivers placed out of
service; 104 citations issued.


Anonymous said...

Before you start saying they are picking on the gas industry be aware that this type of targeted enforcment has been directed toward the timber industy in the past. One of these truck could have killed your children this afternoon due to faulty equipment being ignored.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

If you think these drivers or the companies they drive for care about you.... You are insane.. It`s all about loads of water delivered and loads hauled away to god knows where. The only intrest they have is making as much money as they can before this common wealth wakes up and shuts them down. I wonder if they have to keep time logs ? They all seem to brag about working 16 hour days.

Anonymous said...

roads werent built for kids to go play on, they were built for industry, paid for by industry mostly,we are spoiled by the roads that go everywhere, and assume they were meant for us to ride in comfort to grannys house or to your best friends house. they are there for industry. stop hounding the people who make a living on these roads. it is for them. be thankful to them that you dont ride on a dirt road. police seem to only bother people with money. state sponsered thugs.

Anonymous said...

just a note @2:30 ALL commercial truck drivers (not just frack haulers) are required by the federal government (USDOT) to keep and maintain time logs showing hours on duty, hours on the road, and hours off duty - 24 hours of logging 7 days a week kept with their truck at all times - not having accurate or up to date log books is a pretty hefty violation and ticket..

Anonymous said...

5:42, those same roads that you use for "industry" are the very ones that take my kids to school! as far as I'm concerned if drivers that make their living off of traveling those roads have your attitude, you bet your bare ass I'll be rooting for the "thugs!"

Anonymous said...

You are a very irresponsible parent if you encourage your kids to play in the road.

Anonymous said...

5:42:00 PM is full of shit and I think if said person can't maintain their vehicle or their logs then perhaps they should find another profession.

Or move to Philadelphia ya free loader.

Anonymous said...

Another knuckle dragger.
I wish our state sponsored thugs could write tickets for stupidity.

Anonymous said...

for 7:13,5:42 says i dont work for truckers and am not a trucker never was. just a regular guy who see's it the way it is. trucking is the life blood of industry. when the shit hits the fan and you wonder why we cant get a job in america, you'll wish you weren"t so spoiled your whole life. however i respect your opinion. you aren't required to respect mine. it's food for thought and you might starve from it. for 9:06 again just a regular guy. for 9:14 stupid people don't have jobs, therefore cant pay fines, they get left alone. you ever get a fine?

Anonymous said...

8:11!? Get off the computer and get back to school! If you leave now you can make it before outside play time!

Anonymous said...

Good job, PSP. Some of these trucks are dangerous weapons pointed right at us. If the industry can't operate under the law let these guys take their business somewhere else.