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Bennett Blockade: PA Farmer Blocks Fracking Trucks

February 20, 2012

“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.

Pennsylvania farmer Mike Bennett, fed up with fracking trucks, blockades gas well drilling trucks. Photo: Stephen Cleghorn

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
Paradise Gardens and Farm 814-568-1207

Photos available:

jstephencleghorn@yahoo.com

10 Comments
  1. February 20, 2012 10:16 am

    from upstate ny. we had a show/tell from CHK and they stressed how well they take care of the roads- i know that was far from the truth, but a lot of others believed every word. if you have had experiences with chesapeake energy, road use or otherwise please contact me- at kak714@aol.com, please use ‘CHK ROADS’ as a title. thanks! we CAN and MUST STOP this insanity.

  2. February 20, 2012 8:15 pm

    Great blog. Glad I saw this re-posted on a list serv and followed it here. My husband and I live in Tioga County and teach at the University. We have a blog chronicling life in our part of the Marcellus Shale Rush. It is dividing our community while it changes the landscape. Thanks for doing your part to protect our place. –Lilace Guignard

  3. David permalink
    February 20, 2012 8:34 pm

    As a resident of Tioga County, Pa. with major drilling and fracking occurring I want to thank you Mr. Bennett for taking your stance and letting people know that this has to be done with respect and dignity to landowners and residents, if it indeed needs to be done at all. This insanity has to stop. Good luck and fight the good fight.

  4. February 21, 2012 12:53 am

    BAN ALL SLICK WATER HORIZONTAL NATURAL GAS FRACKING IN PENNSYLVANIA !!!!!!!

  5. February 21, 2012 5:36 am

    NO HYDROFRACKING IN UPSTATE NEW YORK, AS A MAN THAT HAS STUDIED HYDROFRACKING IN PA, I HAVE COME TO SOME VERY STARK CONCLUSIONS AND THAT IS DO WE IN UPSTATE NEW YORK WANT NEIGHBOR AGAINST NEIGHBOR, OUR ROADS DESTROYED AND NOT BUILT BACK BY GAS INDUSTRY PROMISES, DO WE WANT OUR WATER POLLUTED AND CLEAN AIR DIRTIED BY NON STOP TRUCKING AND DRILLING THE ANSWER IS A RESOUNDING NO, PLEASE NO HYDROFRACKING IN UPSTATE NEW YORK.

  6. February 21, 2012 12:52 pm

    I live over the hill from this incident, the roads and traffic, as everyone knows, is the least of our problems. My neighbors who are mostly Amish are continually run off the road by gas servicing trucks. Not far from where Mr. Bennett took his stance there was a violation for improper storage and disposal of frack waste, I can only imagine that leaking into my groundwater and thus to the spring we rely upon. We have an injection well in the area that recently received the maximum fine for injecting at excessive pressures and for operating through mechanical failure. We’ve had illegal dumping, our state forest landscape forever changed, injection well violations, air impacts and water contamination, yet our commissioners and our supervisors do nothing. They feel that there is nothing they can do and are not interested in hearing otherwise. Help!

  7. Stovee permalink
    February 21, 2012 2:32 pm

    Shale fracking = US children future compromised. Water is life, don’t let frackers mess with our most precious ressource.

  8. Kim Shaffer permalink
    February 21, 2012 4:17 pm

    I too live in an area where the drilling is taking place. The gas trucks are never ending
    24-7 and do not abide by the speed limits, brake retention notices, etc. Our roads are
    severely damaged and there is so much litter along the road. The gas workers drink
    their morning coffees, eat their lunches and drink their drinks, and throw everything out the window. It also gives us such assurances when we see the gas workers stop in at the local bars 2-3 hours before they go to work or 2-3 hours after they get out of work, to drink. Yep, that tells me they are drinking and driving and operating equipment after
    drinking. We have requested state police to sit along the road to get them drinking,
    speeding or littering, however, they must be getting some sort of payback from the gas industry, because before the gas drilling started, the state police were sitting along our road weekly, now, you never see them, and if you do, it is at a time when the gas workers
    are already at work and not on the road.
    I would cry HELP too, but it will only fall on deaf ears….the Gov. is getting his pockets filled by the gas industry and the local officials are saying drill baby drill, so no one is going to listen..perhaps we locals need to take matters into our own hands….hurray for you Mr. Bennett, we need more like you.

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