The Eagle Ford Task Force has released advice for truck traffic and pipeline developments. It is all pretty straight forward and will help in making sure pipelines are developed without any problems and our roads are maintained as best as possible. Pipelines:
- Placement of pipelines should avoid steep hillsides and watercourses where feasible
- Pipeline routes should take advantage of road corridors to minimize surface disturbance
- When clearing is necessary, the width disturbed should be kept to a minimum and topsoil material should be stockpiled to the side for replacement during reclamation, accelerating successful revegetation
- Proximity to buildings or other facilities occupied or used by the public should be considered, with particular consideration given to homes
- Unnecessary damage to trees and other vegetation should be avoided
- After installation of a new line, all rights-of-way should be restored to conditions compatible with existing land use.
- Trucking companies partnering with the Texas Department of Public Safety to develop a program that would alert companies when their drivers receive moving violations or drivers license suspensions
- Creation of road use agreements or trucking plans between operators and local authorities, including parameters such as:
- Avoiding peak traffic hours, school bus hours, and community events.
- Establishing overnight quiet periods.
- Ensuring adequate off-road parking and delivery areas at all sites to avoid lane/road blockage.