Speakers say road work emerging issue in Marcellus development

October 13, 2010 (PennEnergy). Speakers at the 2010 Marcellus Summit, cohosted by the IOGCC, continued to emphasize the importance of steady and open communications with all interested parties as the conference at Penn State University moved into its second and final day. Road work is a critical issue, two producers said.

“Traffic becomes a major issue as we encroach on more populated areas,” observed Jim Cannon, public affairs manager for Range Resources Corp. in Cannonsville, Pa. “We work with local governments to hire flagmen to direct traffic.” Road construction bonds cost $12,500/mile “which barely gets the driver out of the truck,” he continued. Range works with local governments directly to solve the problem, he said.

A day earlier, state regulators also told conference participants that roads had become a problem. “If there's been one complaint, it's that they weren't designed to handle the heavy trucks necessary to develop the shale gas,” said Louisiana Conservation Commissioner Jim Welsh. “The industry had to pitch in and do some repairs.”

Read the full article here. Read the IOGCC Shale Gas Directors' Task Force fact sheet about infrastructure here.