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Pennsylvania Cracks Down on Fracking Trucks

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The state of Pennsylvania is cracking down on the trucks that haul waste water from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, operations. According to the Pennsylvania State Police, 1,135 trucks were inspected during “Operation FracNET,” which was conducted September 27-29.

Of those, 208 trucks were forced out of service during the three-day enforcement effort, which focused on commercial vehicles hauling waste water from Marcellus shale natural gas drilling operations. In addition to placing vehicles out of service, state police also issued 959 citations and placed 64 drivers out of service. Common violations included trucks that exceeded weight limits or had leaking tankers, improperly adjusted brakes or unsecured equipment.

“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,” State Police Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski. “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.

Studies show one natural gas well can generate up to 1,300 round trips by truckers heading to and from the site while it’s being fracked.

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