HARRISBURG -- The Pennsylvania State Police placed 208 trucks out of service during a three-day enforcement effort that focused on commercial vehicles hauling waste water from
Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling operations in the state, Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski announced today.
"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."
Pawlowski said 140 of the vehicles placed out of service were trucks hauling waste water from the drilling operations. The others were trucks being used in support of drilling
operations, or trucks not involved in drilling operations that were traveling roads where the inspections took place.
In total, 1,135 trucks were inspected during "Operation FracNET," which was conducted Sept. 27-29. State police Troops B, C, F, P and R participated.
In addition to placing vehicles out of service, state police also issued 959 citations and placed 64 drivers out of service. The most common problems involved faulty brakes,
exterior lighting issues and hauling permit violations.
During an "Operation FracNET" held June 14-16, troopers placed 250 trucks and 45 drivers out of service and issued 669 citations.
For more information, visit www.psp.state.pa.us or call 717-783-5556
Editor's Note: Following is a breakdown, by state police troop area, of the number of inspections conducted; number of vehicles placed out of service; and citations issued by
state police during the three-day program:
Troop B (Allegheny, Fayette, Greene and Washington counties), 343 inspections; 60 vehicles placed out of service; 168 citations;
Troop C (Clarion, Clearfield, Forest, Elk, Jefferson and McKean counties), 158 inspections; 21 vehicles placed out of service; 97 citations;
Troop F (Cameron, Clinton, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Union and Tioga counties), 258 vehicles inspected; 30 vehicles placed out of service; 160
Troop P (Bradford, Sullivan, Wyoming and part of Luzerne counties), 207 inspections; 75 vehicles placed out of service; 418 citations; Troop R (Lackawanna, Pike, Susquehanna and
Wayne counties), 169 inspections; 22 vehicles placed out of service; 116 citations.