W-SJ: As fracking looms, NC officials worry about road damage

From the Winston-Salem Journal:

The first permits for natural gas exploration in the state could be issued in the spring, and N.C. Department of Transportation officials are trying to assess how the state’s rural roads will be affected by thousands of truckloads of chemicals, water, sand and mechanical equipment associated with hydraulic fracturing or fracking.

Some roads “are going to experience a lifetime of truck traffic in just a few weeks,” said Brandon Jones, a NCDOT division maintenance engineer.

No one knows how big the natural gas boom will actually be in the Deep River shale basin, which stretches across several counties in the central part of the state.

But Jones said NCDOT’s Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Committee was already focusing on potential impacts to the state’s secondary road system, composed of around 60,000 miles of small roads in primarily rural areas.

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