PennDOT Suspends Road Use Permits for Two Gas Companies on SR 4006 in Sullivan County
Road use permits issued to Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC and Chief Oil & Gas for their moving of drilling trucks and other equipment over State Route 4006 in Sullivan County have been suspended, PennDOT announced recently.
PennDOT said the suspensions are due to the companies’ failure to deal in a timely manner with severe roadway damage caused by their heavy hauling operations. Under the terms of the permit, Chesapeake and Chief are to proactively monitor pavement conditions and immediately begin repairs as needed to keep the road safe.
Until adequate repairs are made, only local traffic or traffic less than 10 tons is being allowed on SR 4006, known locally as Ellis Road in Fox and Elkland townships.
This road has a 10-ton weight restriction, but Chesapeake's and Chief’s permits allowed movement of heavier equipment with the stipulation that the companies would be responsible for repairs to damages caused by their use.