Chesapeake Energy’s permit to use a PA State Route in Bradford County has been revoked—now a second time—by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).
From the PennDOT press release:
HARRISBURG, Pa., April 15 — A road use permit issued to Chesapeake Energy Corporation for moving its drilling trucks and other equipment over State Route 1007 in Bradford County was revoked because of the company’s failure to deal with severe damage to the roadway, Transportation Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E., announced today.
Chesapeake was granted a permit to put heavy trucks and equipment on the road, known locally as Spring Hill Road in Tuscarora and Stevens townships. The road normally has a 10-ton weight restriction, and Chesapeake’s permit carried the understanding the company would be responsible for repairs.
“Chesapeake may not use this route until it makes the required repairs,” Biehler said. “We understand the importance of Marcellus Shale drilling to the region’s economy, but we will remain vigilant in requiring action to keep the roads safe and properly maintained for public use.”
PennDOT revoked the permit after Chesapeake failed to respond to two notices of unsafe conditions on the roadway. Under the terms of the permit, Chesapeake is to proactively monitor pavement conditions and immediately begin repairs as needed to keep the road safe.
On March 1, PennDOT revoked Chesapeake’s permit for State Route 1001 in Bradford County for the same reasons. The permit was restored after the road was closed for about one week and the company made the required repairs.