Caught in the FracNet

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Drivers hauling wastewater from the Marcellus Shale are still learning that their trucks better be in tip-top shape.
The Pennsylvania State Police inspected more than 1,400 trucks of those roughly 1600, 75% of the drivers were cited for faulty equipment.

Police set up what has become known as “Operation FracNet,” pulled more than 200 trucks off the road –citing serious safety problems, such as, faulty brakes, during the crackdown in October.

“Signficant truck traffic has resulted in areas of Pennsylvania where Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling operations are taking place,” state police Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski said. “Large numbers of vehicles are required to support the drilling operations and the state is committed to ensuring that those vehicles are in good condition and operated safely.”

Members of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection assisted the operation by inspecting 254 other trucks during the three-day road sting issuing notices of violation and citations to 65 drivers.

Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger said, “These inspections are crucial because they ensure that wastewater haulers are working to comply with the commonwealth’s environmental regulations and are keeping our roadways safe for other drivers.”

The Dep and state police are working together, under the agreement, as reported by Rock The Capital, both agencies have more money to spend on more frequent “FracNet Operations.”

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