Truck Traffic & Emergencies
Heavy Truck & Oversize Load Traffic: Production
traffic is continuous, competing with school buses & local emergency
Road Damage: n Pensylvania, the DEP estimates
that one horizontal Marcellus well requires 1,000 truck trips during
drilling and fracking. Who will pay for roads & bridge damage:
All gas development creates traffic in rural areas.
The large scale of development planned for the Marcellus, and the
fact that it must be fracked, translates to dramatic increases in
traffic compared to that generated by drilling conventional wells.
One well service company, Gas Field Specialists, uses tanker trucks
that can carry 5,460 gallons of fluid.
If one well requires 2 million gallons of water for
one fracking, thats 366 tanker trucks hauling fresh water
and 183 tanker trucks hauling waste water, for a total of 549 tanker
truck trips per well, per fracking. For the average fracking, which
may take 3.5 million gallons, that is 960 tanker truck trips..
Gas Fire PHOTO
Emergency Response Costs: Accidents will happen-
chemical fires, explosions, spills, & traffic accidents will
increase emergency response needs & costs. Again- Who pays?
Natural Gas Industry Wall of Shame
Environmental Dangers of Hydro-Fracturing the Marcellus
by Robert Myers (Lock Haven University)
* In February 2009 Cabot spilled 100 gallons of diesel fuel at Dimock,
PA (WGNB News, "100 Gallons of Diesel Fuel Spilled" [2/6/09]).
* In May 2009, the Pennsylvania DEP ordered Range Resources and
Chief Oil & Gas to suspend operations at two sites in Lycoming
County for violating PA's Clean Stream Law. The companies were withdrawing
water from Hoagland Run and First Fork Larrys Creek without
having obtained the required permits (DEP "DEP Orders Partial
* In June 2009 a leaking waste water pipe from a Range Resources
gas well polluted a tributary of Cross Creek Lake in Washington
Country, PA. The spill killed fish, salamanders, crayfish, and aquatic
insects (Pittsburgh Post Gazette "Waste from Marcellus"
* On September 16, 2009 Cabot Oil & Gas spilled up to 8,400
gallons of fracking lubricant into Stevens Creek and a nearby wetland
near Dimock, PA. Cabot representatives were unable to identify the
chemical composition of the liquid. This is Cabot's third chemical
spill in the Dimock area since the spring of 2008. (Ithaca Journal
"State Probes Spill" [9/17/09]).
* On January 20, 2010 the Pennsylvania DEP fined M.R. Dirt $6000
for spilling 7 tons of "gaswell drilling wastewater sludge"
in Avis, PA. The dump truck driver drove away even though he saw
the spill (DEP "DEP Fines M.R. Dirt" [1/20/10]).
* On February 1, 2010 the Pennsylvania DEP fined Fortuna Energy
$3500 for various infractions at a Bradford County site, including
the discharge of fracking fluid into a tributary of Sugar Creek
(DEP, "DEP Fines Fortuna" [2/1/10]).
* On March 15, 2010, a foamy substance, was detected running into
Pine Creek, near Waterville. The DEP has determined that the substance
was Airfoam HD, a chemical used in the drilling process. The substance
came from a drilling site run by Pennsylvania General Energy (LH
Express, "Heavy Rains" [3/18/10]).
* On March 20th, 2010, a truck hauling water for a hydro-fracturing
operation slammed into the back of a car near Mansfield, killing
Mildred Barnhard, a 74-year-old Lock Haven woman (LH Express, "LH
* On March 26th, 2010, Andarko Petroleum spilled 8,000 to 12,000
gallons of synthetic-based
mud at a drilling site in Clinton County (LH Express, "Drilling
* On April 16, 2010, the Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation revoked
Chesapeake Energy's road use permit for Route 1007 in Bradford County.
Chesapeake failed to respond to two notices of unsafe conditions
and thus violated their agreement to proactively monitor conditions
and repair the road when needed. In March, PennDOT revoked their
permit for Route 1001 for the same reasons (LH Express, "PennDOT
* On April 23, 2010, The Pennsylvania DEP fined Stallion Oilfield
Services of Canondale, PA $6,500 for operating an illegal fracking
water transfer station. Inspectors found a 450 square foot area
where fracking water had spilled onto the ground (DEP, "DEP
Fines Stallion" [4/23/10]).
* On May 13, 2010, PA DEP fined Rex Energy of State College, PA
$45,000 for various
environmental violations at its Clearfield County site (DEP, "DEP
Fines Rex" [5/13/10]).
* On May 14, 1010, PA DEP fined Range Resources $141,175 for spilling
250 barrels of fracking fluid into a high-quality waterway in Washington
Country. Range failed to report the spill immediately (DEP, "DEP
Penalizes Range" [5/14/10]).