Gas drilling clogs roads in WV

by admin on December 13, 2010

This past week Chesapeake Energy met with Ohio County School officials to discuss the accomodation of industry truck traffic and avoidance of accidents.  Wetzel Citizens Action Group spokeperson, Bill Hughes, commended Chesapeake for setting a Best Management Practice standard in its responsiveness to the traffic issues that were experienced in Wetzel County.  The WV Division of Highways has recognized the damage done to roadways by Marcellus shale drilling trucks.  A policy was issued in August requiring natural gas producers to post road-repair bonds of $50,000-100,000 per mile.

See full AP story Gas-drilling rush clogs some WV country roads

See also this story on gas drilling truck traffic and the anxiety it creates for school bus drivers.  It was reported that some truck drivers ignored the flashing red lights and stop signs at stops, endangering children walking nearby.   Due to incidents of this nature, the school district in State College, PA equipped one bus with cameras.

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