Task force discusses transport of hazardous materials

RIDGWAY - During a meeting of the Elk County Gas Task Force held earlier this week, task force chairperson and Elk County Commissioner June H. Sorg asked guest Bruce Manning, director of the McKean County Emergency Management Agency, about concerns some residents had brought up about trucks that transport hydrofracturing fluid or hazardous chemicals to and from Marcellus drilling sites. "We did have a meeting with some of the municipalities and DEP, and some of the people were concerned that the trucks that are carrying the frack fluid do not have the information [posted] on the trucks," Sorg said. Manning said while the federal Department of Transportation has a list of hazardous materials that require placard labeling on a transport vehicle, many chemicals do not meet DOT regulations to be labeled even if they are potentially harmful.