Thursday, July 30, 2009

Truck Regs in Bossier Cause a Stir

The Shreveport Times reported yesterday that truckers descended on a meeting of the Bossier Parish Police Jury meeting to voice their displeasure with new regulations that most notably impact weight. Interestingly, these regulations are virtually the same as the state's. It sounds like the issue might be that if a truck wants to drive overweight in the parish it will have to obtain a permit at a cost of $1,500.

Seeing that the parish has "lost more than $8 million, four bridges and countless hours trying to repair damage in only the past three or four years from overweight trucks" I can see why it would want to enact a permit and enforcement system. The biggest offenders appear to be the influx of trucks to haul waste water from Haynesville drilling sites, some of which are estimated to be twice the legal weight limit.

From the sound of the article, the surprised Police Jurors spent most of the meeting acting like politicians and soothing the truckers rather than trying to figure out a workable solution. This might be just the tip of the iceberg in terms of drilling. The state Department of Natural Resources' new Haynesville impact ruling addresses nearly everything but surface roads. Each parish is going to have to take it upon itself to enact appropriate rules (with enforcement) so the roads stay safe for all users. One good measure noted earlier this week is the idea of recycling frac water on site so that the number of trucks hauling the waste water is approximately halved. That's a win-win solution, hopefully the first of many to come.

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