Garrett County and Natural Gas - Risks and Benefits

A selection of categorized links to allow one to assess the risks and benefits of gas development in Garrett Conty.

Garrett County Montage

Impact on Roads

The development of a gas well requires many, many truckloads of materials, fluids and gases. These trucks travel over roads that are not designed for it. These are links that examine the impacts.

- 1131 - [NA] - , Garrett County Shale Gas Advisory Committee - "Transportation Issues"
"The Garrett County Roads Division is responsible for the upkeep of approximately 680 miles of roads and 127 bridges.
Garrett County roads are one of our most valuable assets. We spend in excess of $17 million dollars annually (21.75% of budget) to maintain county roads.
Heavy truck traffic generally causes more damage to roads because, by some estimates, each passing of a single large truck is the equivalent of approximately 9,000 passing automobiles."
- 1132 - [June 24, 2013] - Ramsey * Hill, Attorneys & Counselors at Law, Justin Hill - "Has the Eagle Ford Activity Increased Traffic Fatalities?"
"In 2012, fatal traffic accidents increased forty percent from 2011 in the Eagle Ford Shale communities. This is according to initial estimates released by the Texas Department of Transportation. According to the Texas Department of Transportation there were more than 2,723 fatal and/or catastrophic injury accident, and almost 250 fatality accidents in 2012 in Eagle Ford Shale region. Further, the increase in commercial motor vehicle accidents from 2008 to 2011 is even more disturbing.
That literally means that in the three year period from 2008 to 2011, Karnes County, Texas experienced an increase of over 1,000% in commercial motor vehicle accidents."
- 1133 - [Aprile 28, 2013] - Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, Damascus Citizens for Sustainability - "Fracked-up roads - Texas, NY"
"The Texas Department of Transportation has estimated that maintaining infrastructure impacted by the drilling boom will cost $4 billion a year. Advocates are urging lawmakers to tap the state’s Rainy Day Fund to help repair — and, in some cases, widen — roads in the counties where drilling is most active. This week, the Senate unanimously passed Senate Joint Resolution 1, which would ask voters to approve spending $5.7 billion from the fund, including $2.9 billion for transportation debt. But little, if any, of that money is likely to go toward repairing roads in areas hit hardest by the drilling boom."
- 1134 - [April 26, 2013] - The Texas Tribune, Aman Batheja - "Cash for Road Repair in Shale Areas Proves Elusive"
"Fowler is among a group of officials in the Eagle Ford Shale area who are lobbying lawmakers for money to address the rural South Texas region’s roads, many of which have been pummeled by drilling activity.
The Texas Department of Transportation has estimated that maintaining infrastructure impacted by the drilling boom will cost $4 billion a year. Advocates are urging lawmakers to tap the state’s Rainy Day Fund to help repair — and, in some cases, widen — roads in the counties where drilling is most active."
- 1528 - [] - National Center for Freight & Infrastructure Research & Education - University of Wisconsin–Madison, Maria V. Hart, Teresa Adams, and Andrew Schwartz - "Transportation Impacts of Frac Sand Mining in the MAFC Region: Chippewa County Case Study"
"The boom in oil and gas production using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) technology to extract oil and gas from shale has created thriving industries all along its supply chain. The increased production of the supplies needed for drilling—sand, water, chemicals, pipe, and rigs—all with different transportation characteristics, have also strained the transportation system at the source of production, processing, and distribution.
...Road damage over local roads is a concern for many communities. County governments have used a number of mechanisms to recover the costs of road damage both for drilling areas and sand mining areas."
- 1529 - [NA] - Marcellus rilling News, Jim Willis - "Leaked NY Dept of Transportation Analysis Says Potential Impacts from Marcellus Drilling on State and Local Roads are "Ominous""
"A leaked internal document from the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) expresses concern that the state is not ready for a dramatic increase in heavy truck traffic that will occur when Marcellus Shale drilling begins in the state. The document, titled “DRAFT Discussion Paper: Transportation Impacts of Potential Marcellus Shale Gas Development,” was leaked to the anti-drilling organization Chenango, Delaware and Otsego Gas Drilling Opposition Group"
- 1530 - [July 27, 2011] - pressconnects, Steve Reilly - "Document estimates fracking's toll on N.Y. roads"
"A leaked internal New York State Department of Transportation document suggests that the state is not ready for an estimated increase of up to 1.5 million heavy truck trips per year that could result from natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale.
The cost of the increased heavy traffic could result in the need for repairs and reconstruction ranging from $211 million to $378 million annually, the document states."
- 1583 - [March 25, 2015] - Lebanon Daily News, Liam Casey - "Road condition concerns property owners"
"Residents on Obie Road expressed concern over the condition fo the road to South Lebanon Township Supervisors Tuesday.
Ken Rice and Bruce Hostiter both informed the board of the deteriorating conditions of the road and asked if there are any paving plans for it in the future.
...The money comes from the Marcellus Shale drilling fee imposed on companies that extract natural gas in Pennsylvania. The money can be used for environmental or recreational activities."
- 1951 - [June 10, 2015] - Bakken.com, Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media - "Will Bakken drill cuttings soon be paving a road near you?"
"Every year, drilling activity in the Bakken produces approximately 2 million tons of cuttings which are then either buried or disposed of in a landfill.
Recycling these byproducts, though, is now becoming more viable, and North Dakota state health officials are beginning to work with an oilfield service company to develop regulations for the burgeoning industry, reports the Bismarck Tribune."
- 1952 - [June 8, 2015] - Bakken Nreakout, Jessica Holdman - "Oil waste company partners with state on regulations"
"As much as 2 million tons of drill cuttings are produced in the Bakken annually that are buried or hauled to a landfill.
As recycling of these waste materials becomes a reality, state health officials will work with a Bakken oilfield service company to develop regulations for the budding industry.
Nuverra Environmental Solutions has developed a solids management process, TerrafficientSM, to reuse 100 percent of drill cuttings as road base, gravel additive and fill material."