Friday, November 5, 2010

Natural Gas Industry: "I can't stop the truck!"

Tractor-trailer Hits Antique Shop in Ulster, PA
Photo: Brian Bishop, The Towanda Daily Review
Cindy Chase was closing her store Thursday afternoon in Ulster, PA, when she heard someone yelling at her to get out of the way.  She turned and saw a huge truck coming right for her.  Read more...

This is just one more example of the danger we face.  Even the trucks on our roads pose a significant risk, to say nothing of what happens on well sites themselves in terms of contamination of our water, soil, and air.  Cindy Chase was able to jump out of the way.  What if there had been a child there or an elderly person walking along the sidewalk?  The impact was so great that it appeared to have shifted the building off its foundation slightly. 

The truck involved in the crash was presumably owned by Washita Valley Enterprises, Inc., a company headquartered in Springtown, Texas.  Where are the local jobs we were promised?


TXsharon said...

WOW! These trucks are frightening. They ran me off the road into a ditch 5 times last year. I had to buy 5 new tires.

Peacegirl said...

Those of us, you and I and others, who have had close calls, know how serious this really is. It won't be long before these vehicles will be barreling down our little country road in French Azilum (PA) where we have little ones toddling around right next to the road. The only thing we are used to is an occasional tractor or a milk truck. It's going to be a whole new world.

smurfette said...

"I can't stop the truck"? Yes, remember when a gas truck tried to let us go by him last year and took out a whole garden? That was quite a sight- an UGLY one! That poor storeowner- can you imagine the scene when she got home from work?

"How was your day?"

"Well, pretty good until the truck bashed into the store and could have killed me.Other than that,it was fine!"

Peacegirl said...

Well put. The store owner said she was very lucky. An understatement! I remember that truck taking out the garden on Vial Hill Road last summer. I wish I had gotten a picture.