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50 Trucks an Hour Turns Residential Area into Industrial Zone

Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox wants natural gas drilling companies to anticipate and pay for the wear and tear they’re causing West Virginia’s country roads, many of which have “more or less evolved from a mere wagon trail.”

When drilling first started in remote Wetzel County, retiree Ray Renaud put a time-lapse camera in his window and counted as many as 50 trucks an hour passing his home near New Martinsville. Chesapeake Energy has responded well to complaints, he said, providing warning trucks and repairing one damaged road last fall. By spring, however, traffic had again destroyed the road.

“I moved here for the serenity of the country. Fifty trucks an hour and living in an industrial zone is not serenity,” said Renaud, an emergency medical technician who also worries about safety and accidents. Continue reading

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