Protecting PennDOT's Infrastructure

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is trying to balance the economic benefit of supporting the Shale Oil and Gas Industry while protecting the public roadway infrastructure. The Shale Oil and Gas Industry utilizes a horizontal drilling process and a separate, secondary process called hydraulic fracturing (fracing). This process releases the natural gas inside the shale formations, which are over a mile beneath the earth's surface. The fracing process requires approximately 19 million liters (5 million gallons) of water and other materials which can generate over 2,000 truck trips to the drilling pad. This truck traffic creates an exponential increase in truck volume and can severely reduce the life cycle of the roadway, which can lead to accelerated deterioration and significant repair costs. To protect PennDOT's infrastructure, numerous roadways have been posted with weight restrictions requiring haulers to obtain a permit, post security and submit a maintenance plan to utilize the roadway. In conjunction with PennDOT's efforts to protect the roadways, the Shale Oil and Gas Industry has invested time and money to work in partnership to protect, preserve, maintain and upgrade the roadway network.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: pp 664-675
  • Monograph Title: Shale Energy Engineering 2014: Technical Challenges, Environmental Issues, and Public Policy

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01535259
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784413654
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Jul 14 2014 3:01PM