Rules of the (oil field) road

The Consumer Energy Alliance, the American Trucking Associations and the National Tank Truck Carriers recently released recommendations for driving in oil and gas boom areas.

The groups are targeting drivers of all sorts in areas such as the Eagle Ford Shale, the Marcellus Shale in the Northeast and the Bakken Shale in North Dakota.

“Out of nowhere citizens of these communities in the Eagle Ford or Marcellus or Bakken are seeing massive increases in truck traffic,” said David Holt of the Houston-based Consumer Energy Alliance.

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For drivers of passenger vehicles, recommendations include things such as not lingering next to trucks, whose drivers might not be able to see you, and passing on the left.

For commercial drivers and company, recommendations include things like making sure drivers are well rested.

Holt said the idea is to try to reinforce road rules already in place, as well as to make sure the trucking industry and the energy industry understand each other’s rules and practices.

You can read the report here.