PA police catch gas company truck 41 tons over weight limit

Friday, Jan. 29, 2010

Pa. police catch truck 41 tons over weight


– The Associated Press

TOWANDA, Pa. — Police in northern Pennsylvania say they discovered a natural gas well-drilling service truck that was more than 41 tons over the weight limit for the road it was on.

Cpl. Roger Stipcak said it is the latest of numerous examples of state troopers finding overweight natural gas trucks inflicting damage on area roads.

Drilling crews are flocking to Pennsylvania as they rush to extract natural gas from the potentially lucrative Marcellus Shale formation.

Police say they found the truck Tuesday. It was parked illegally and without a valid permit for its oversize load on a Bradford County road posted with a 10-ton weight limit.

It is owned by a subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy Corp. of Oklahoma City. The driver drew traffic citations worth more than $25,000.

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