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Police order frack trucks out of service

October 7, 2010
Williamsport Sun-Gazette

A total of 208 trucks, most of them hauling liquid waste from the natural gas industry, were placed out of service during a three-day state police enforcement program.

Police Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski said 140 of the vehicles placed out of service statewide were trucks hauling waste water from the drilling operations. The others were trucks supporting drilling operations or trucks not involved in drilling that were traveling roads where inspections occurred.

"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."

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Officers inspected a total of 1,135 trucks during "Operation FracNET," conducted Sept. 27-29 in state police troops B, C, F, P and R.

In Troop F, which includes the counties of Cameron, Clinton, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Union and Tioga, 30 vehicles out of the 258 inspected were placed out of service, and 160 citations were issued.

A total of 75 vehicles were taken out of service in the Troop P counties of Bradford, Sullivan, Wyoming and part of Luzerne, where 207 inspections also resulted in 418 citations issued.

Statewide police citations totalled 959 and 64 drivers were placed out of service.

The most common problem reported involved faulty brakes, exterior lighting issues and hauling permit violations.



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