Maintaining Roads During Drilling Projects

by Kelly Choate on February 2, 2012 at 9:10 am

Wear and tear on the roadways is often a topic of conversation when it comes to shale drilling.

On Thursday Muskingum County Engineer Doug Davis met with the county commissioners to go over permits.  Davis said it’s important to maintain the roads before, during and after the drilling projects.

"What we’re running into is the fact that some of our roads are not wide enough, and we need to enter into a road use agreement with the companies coming in if the roads need to be widened for safety reasons so traffic can pass," said Davis.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is working on a permit that would require a binding agreement between the drilling company and local organizations before any activity can take place.  Davis said he’s meeting with township trustees to explain what’s involved and get everyone on the same page, because safety is the top priority.

"A lot of times what will happen is the townships will enter into agreements themselves with particular companies, and I’m not aware of that, but I’m still responsible for bridges over a ten foot span even on township roads, so I can’t have those bridges being damaged," said Davis.

The public is encouraged to attend a meeting on February 22nd at 7 p.m. at the Muskingum County Welcome Center.