Harrison County Oil and Gas Industry Traffic Spurs Concern

Three years ago, perhaps a dozen vehicles per day would be traveling on the gravel township roads of Harrison County. Now, thanks to surging oil and gas production in this region, they can number in the hundreds.

The increased traffic in Harrison County is increasingly becoming a concern both for citizens and law enforcement and was the primary topic of discussion at the June Oil and Gas Safety meeting hosted by Sheriff Ronald J. Myers.

“There are lots of trucks on county and township roads,” Myers said. “When we catch a truck where we don’t think they should be traveling, we have no way to identify that vehicle or to check if they have a RUMA for the road they are traveling. In addition to the county highways we patrol there are 15 townships and 468 township roads in the county. So we thought it was necessary to come up with a way to identify trucks and keep track of which companies are permitted and which roads they are permitted to use.”

Myers presented a sticker placard system which must be displayed on all the oil and gas vehicles. This sticker will indicate which roads are permitted and for what time of the year.

There are two stickers which have been proposed, one for the county roads and one for townships. The sticker will be marked for specific routes or townships and also display an expiration date. The county sticker will be white while the township sticker would be red.