I was driving with a friend on route 221 through Greene County on Sunday to go bicycling on the Greene River trail near Rices Landing, and we found ourselves behind a brine water / residual waste truck -- presumably full of frack waste -- between Dunn Station and Ruff Creek.
1. The truck had no license plate! The side of the truck said Curry Supply.
2. The truck often took up most of the road, creating a hazard for oncoming traffic.
3. There was severe road damage on route 221, perhaps from these wide, heavy frack trucks. When I biked this road about two years ago, the edges of this road were not crumbling like this. Damaged roads can cause a) crashes for bicyclists or motorcyclists, b) damage to car tires and suspensions, and c) additional safety problems as cars & trucks swerve to avoid holes in the road.
I'd like to visit Greene County again to go bicycling on its (formerly) nice roads but these safety issues make me think twice. The gas industry should pay for their share of this road damage, since this appears to be so far beyond normal road wear.
I am not the biggest fan of what is going on. But I won't blame the bad roads on the drillers and their trucks. Before the drillers came here we had to replace struts yearly and never could keep an alignment on any of our vehicles. We now have a fully paved road and no bumps. Still one and a held lane wide LOL. Must say it is nice to drive on and yes even ride our bikes. Now if only the drillers would use the two dirt roads that our road leads to then we might have all paved roads for the first time ever.
Chesapeake Energy, just one company, is close to $150 million by themselves.
Range Resources has put over $20 million into roads just in Washington County.
ANXIOUSLY AWAITING YOUR RESPONSE.
I'm glad we are able to find some common ground, I'm a builder also, 2nd generation and now my son works for me and my older customers think its neat to have had 3 generations work on their homes. I have maintained all along that we need good leadership at the local, state and fed level that this is to important to blow it, we will only get one chance to do this right. With the way the world (and country ) seems to be headed the nat gas can act as an insulator for this part of the country, Ohio now included. As this play develops we have to find ways to use it here. Right now there is only one export point in the U.S. and that is in Alaska,(that goes to Japan) but in 5 years or less there will be others. Does anyone know who has the most cng cars in the world? Pakistan, and number 2? Argentina, and get this Iran is number three. That burns my a$$(pun intended).
Honda has the only cng powered car in the U.S available to individuals, why? Big Oil, Auto Co.
Government, I dont know. Where did this hatred of nat gas come from in such a short time? Is there more to the story than meets the eye? There are big forces a work and the last thing we need is dishonest or worse dumb leaders.
OK this is off topic.
In my not so humble opinion we need a lot less government and more responsibility from everyone and I don't mean just the drilling. This should be from dog catcher on up including teachers and civil servants.
Mark, its is the environmentalists that are against nat gas the most . While they will tell you it is about fracinga nd protecting water (which is true for local antis) there is more to the story. If nat gas becomes a major player in the transportation and electrical generation field, it will displace the conversion to the much more expensive solar and wind sources. These are the favored energy sources of the greenies and they hate that nat gas will delay it by fifty years or more. And these so-called green sources have great political clout with crowd currently in charge in DC.
Its a shame because these so-called green sources aren't all that clean. Solar cells production requires all sorts of toxic, polluting chemicals. Read http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/03/solar_pollution_china.php And that is just part of it. I have seen experts on PBS state that it takes more energy to make a solar cell than the cell will produce in its lifetime. Wind also has tons of problems.
Local people that are against it have some legitimate concerns but the global leadership is just angry their selected favorites are about to be displaced. And the saddest part is that nat gas may be the bridge fuel buying us time until solar, fusion, or some other form of energy becomes developed enough to be our main sources of energy.