Bennett Blockade: PA Farmer Blocks Fracking Trucks
“I just witnessed a farmer, Mike Bennett of Bennett Farms and Greenhouse up above Big Run, take some unilateral action to blockade the drilling trucks on the Big Run-Prescottville Road that runs through his vegetable farm,” reported farmer Stephen Cleghorn of Jefferson County, PA on February 17th. “People are getting pretty fed up with how these drillers operate,” he commented.
Cleghorn described the scene:
Mike Bennett got fed up with the big well drilling trucks from a nearby well on Spring Road coming down his road to take a shortcut. The road was not bonded by Henderson Township supervisors for truck traffic from this well, yet the drilling company was using it anyway, despite Mike having asked them to go the way they are supposed to go. Those trucks are supposed to use Kramer Road and Paradise Road in front of my farm to get to that well.
So Mike Bennett took his white pickup truck and parked it in the middle of the road; and then he called the State Troopers and the township supervisors to come sort things out. It caused quite a traffic tie-up of big drilling trucks as you can see. I hope that his action will lead to the company being properly fined for improper use of the road.
Reporters can call Mike Bennett (814-427-5276) to find out what happened. He may know how it all came out and the facts on who the well drilling company is, etc.
I took several other photos which you may use if you like. The one with the trooper cars show the officers discussing the matter with a current and former township supervisor. I am sure that Rod Pifer (our newest supervisor) or Todd Peace (former supervisor) can tell you more if you get hold of them. People are getting pretty fed up with how these drillers operate. My neighbor Dick Trithart has gouges in his front yard from the trucks passing by him, and his wife Myrna says the water trucks go by all night and keep her awake. And this stuff is just getting underway here.
Submitted by: Stephen Cleghorn
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