Oilfield truck traffic hurting county roads

Increased oilfield traffic in the southern reaches of Eddy County is causing damage to county roads that were not built to accommodate heavy trucks. Full Story
Karen Carlton

Artesia, NM

#1 Sep 15, 2010
Oil companies pay a huge amount of taxes, including road tax. Talk to Bill Richardson about sending the southern part of the state some of that money he wants to spend on his choo-choo train that serves only a small percentage of New Mexicans. Roads all over this state are in a sorry state of disrepair because of the foolishness and greed of politicians.
fed-up

Carlsbad, NM

#2 Sep 15, 2010
The governor and the multitude of politicians are the main cause of the problems that we have with our roads. They have done more to ruin this state than the oil and gas industry ever thought about doing. The traffic is at its greatest when drilling is going on but when the wells have been finished in that area the traffic is greatly reduced but we still receive the tax income from the wells. Letís think about what we are doing we want change "now" but when it ruins our economy we complain even more. The greedy politicians just have way to much say in things and they donít think or care about the out come of their actions. We need non-politicians to take their place and get thing right.
Tex 60

Artesia, NM

#3 Sep 15, 2010
The BLM is a bunch of Pirates, they want the oil and gas companies to pay for there every whim and they have the oil companies over a barrel as they are the regulatory agency for the Federal Government. They specify stipulations that are expensive if not obtainable and then they fine the oil companies for non compliance.

The oil and gas industry pays a lot of taxes to the Federal Government, State and the County from the minerals extracted in Eddy County.

This boost the economy and give the State and County an additional tax base to draw from from all of the jobs that have being created, All the service companies are hiring, if you can pass a drug test. This whole article is about people complaining about the traffic and it should be people complaining about the government not doing its job and fixing the roads. The oil companies have paid there taxes how about the County and the State fixing the roads.
joker

Carlsbad, NM

#4 Sep 15, 2010
The oilfield companies can significantly decrease the damage done to our roads by making their drivers slow down on these roads,working on a ranch off of the jal highway, I have seen oilfield vehicles driving 50-60 MPH on a graded dirt road. these roads a severely "wash-boarded" and we find tools and equipment in the road that has vibrated off of their trucks.
A month or so ago, while pushing a heard of approx. 60 head of cattle next to a road, an SB services roustabout truck passed by us doing 50-60MPH and scattered the entire heard and almost hitting one cowboy on horseback. this is completely unacceptable.
to make it worse scott branson wouldnt even return any phone calls to even discuss it.
oil field traffic has also hit several of our cattle, and crippled some of our bucking bulls. their driving has to be reined in for the safety of the citizens of eddy county as well as their livelihoods. This may possibly help with the damage done to our roads as well
JUST THINKING

Hobbs, NM

#5 Sep 15, 2010
joker wrote:
The oilfield companies can significantly decrease the damage done to our roads by making their drivers slow down on these roads,working on a ranch off of the jal highway, I have seen oilfield vehicles driving 50-60 MPH on a graded dirt road. these roads a severely "wash-boarded" and we find tools and equipment in the road that has vibrated off of their trucks.
A month or so ago, while pushing a heard of approx. 60 head of cattle next to a road, an SB services roustabout truck passed by us doing 50-60MPH and scattered the entire heard and almost hitting one cowboy on horseback. this is completely unacceptable.
to make it worse scott branson wouldnt even return any phone calls to even discuss it.
oil field traffic has also hit several of our cattle, and crippled some of our bucking bulls. their driving has to be reined in for the safety of the citizens of eddy county as well as their livelihoods. This may possibly help with the damage done to our roads as well
true. there is a junk yard that some people from mexico opened last year across the canel from tidwell rd its on picacho rd i think. they have been living there one year now. they have been to court a lot of times for not having a septic tank no running water throwing oil on the ground having hundreds of old cars that people gave them. now they are parking aztek oil tankers on the side of the rood. last time some one said there were six familes living there. and they have kids that do not go to school. some of the men that drive them big trucks dont even got drivers license. they have been running down stop signs and gas meaters. i guess they think they can come from el paso and do what they want in new mexico. two weeks ago i drove on avita and picaho rds and they are getting tore up bad. where are the county code inforcers and commissioners?

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