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State Enforcement Blitz Focuses on Trucks Hauling Drilling Waste Water

250 Vehicles Put Out of Service Due to Violations



HARRISBURG -- The Pennsylvania State Police placed 250 commercial vehicles out of service during a three-day enforcement effort last week that focused on trucks hauling waste water from Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling operations across the state, Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski announced today.

Pawlowski said state troopers worked in partnership with personnel from the Department of Environmental Protection, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and the federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration as part of Operation FracNET. In total, 1,137 trucks were inspected from June 14-16.

“Pennsylvania has experienced significant increases in 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.”

He said the enforcement effort centered on identifying commercial vehicle safety deficiencies that could lead to crashes.

Pawlowski said 131 of the 250 vehicles placed out of service were trucks hauling waste water. He said 669 traffic citations and 818 written warnings were issued as the result of waste water truck inspections. In addition, 23 of the 45 drivers placed out of service during the operation were waste water vehicle operators.

“As activities at natural gas sites continue to increase, it is important that everyone involved, including the waste transportation industry, understands Pennsylvania’s environmental and traffic safety laws and complies with them,” said DEP Secretary John Hanger.

The enforcement effort was conducted in areas covered by Pennsylvania State Police troops B, C, F, P and R.

For more information, visit http://www.psp.state.pa.us or call 717-783-5556.

Media contact: Lt. Myra A. Taylor, 717-783-5556

Editor’s Note: The following is a breakdown, by state police troop area, of the number of inspections conducted, number of vehicles placed out of service, and number of citations issued during Operation FracNET:

• Troop B (Allegheny, Fayette, Greene and Washington counties), 227 inspections; 57 vehicles placed out of service; 241 citations issued;
• Troop C (Clarion, Clearfield, Forest, Elk, Jefferson and McKean counties), 260 inspections; 29 vehicles placed out of service; 111 citations issued;
• Troop F (Cameron, Clinton, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Union and Tioga counties), 239 vehicles inspected; 33 vehicles placed out of service; 205 citations issued;
• Troop P (Bradford, Sullivan, Wyoming and part of Luzerne counties), 166 inspections; 66 vehicles placed out of service; 358 citations issued;
• Troop R (Lackawanna, Pike, Susquehanna and Wayne counties), 142 inspections; 25 vehicles placed out of service; 141 citations.

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Good. They aren't exempt from D.O.T. regulations. They also aren't the Devil, and those are real mommy's and daddy's behind those wheels feeding their families.

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It's all about the money from citations. Gotta love our PA Highway Patrol.

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State Police: 193 Commercial Trash Trucks Placed Out of Service

Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania State Police, in cooperation the Department of Environmental Protection, placed 193 trash trucks out of service during a two-day enforcement effort that focused on commercial haulers.

http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/ser...of_service.html

Not just the water haulers.. looks like overall enforcement on truck regulations.

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It's all about the money from citations. Gotta love our PA Highway Patrol.
Yeah, who cares if the vehicles werent safe or the drivers were cooking the log books. Its all about the money

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Fine them all, put my life at risk and I hope they lose their licenses and trucks before someone gets killed....follow the law and you have no worries......

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hopefully the companies are paying the truck fines. now a log book fine for cooking the book i'd never do. thing is don't always blame the driver, he's just trying to provide for his family and the company gives him junk to try and do it in

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The problem is this. Before every trip the driver is responsible for a pre-trip inspection. Each PT is different depending on the vehicle driven at that time. If there is anything wrong with the truck or trailer it comes down to the driver not taking the load. All too often, drivers know there is something wrong but risk it anyway.

I do agree that companies sometimes put crap in the hands of drivers and they are left to fend for themselves. It isnt right, but more often than not, the companies will hire drivers that really dont care about the risks. They haul 15 loads and get pulled over or stopped on the 16th and have a fine to pay. Some are willing to take the 15 good trips and pay the fine for the 16th.

Log book fines are something that should be tripled imo. I know many that have 2 or 3 books going at one time.

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unfortunatly we all ( truckers) have taken out a truck with a violation. a blown parking light is a fine. we don't know what was determined wrong with the trucks issuing the citation. out of service could have been 1 brake out of adjustment, thats happened to me befor. must have over 76% braking power (i think). one brake a bit out on a single axle and your red tagged. 1/16th of an inch and your done , fine and out of service!!!!!

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It's all about the money from citations. Gotta love our PA Highway Patrol.
Your showing your age, PA Highway Patrol went out of business in 1943 and became the PA State Police.
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