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Still, motor carriers whose routes enable them to stay close to home have been able to make natural gas work for them. As Glen Kedzie, the American Trucking Associations’ vice president, energy and environmental affairs counsel, pointed out, it’s been a good deal for refuse haulers, who in some cases can fuel using methane produced by the landfills they serve. Other fleets use natural gas because their shippers want them to be more sustainable. Carriers including UPS, FedEx and Ryder have made significant investments in diverse fueling options. As in Maryland, the debate over fracking has played out across the country, which is why the American Trucking Associations, National Tank Truck Carriers, the American Petroleum

Institute, and the Consumer Energy Alliance created a trucking safety task force to consider issues associated with major natural gas plays such as the Bakken and the Eagle Ford. The task force included producers, haulers and the general public through meetings held by the Consumer Energy Alliance. Citizens often have concerns about water, air, changes to their rural way of life, and road damage. Their report, which can be viewed at consumerenergyalliance/docs/trucking_ safety_task_force/1, emphasized driver training and working with local emergency responders, officials and law enforcement. Carriers can self-impose time-of-day driving restrictions. Kedzie said the report focused strictly

on transportation concerns. If the report’s recommendations are followed, then opponents have one less concern. Other matters, such as water well contamination and disputes over land leases, can be addressed by those who better understand them. “Truck safety is a key element that has been raised quite frequently when discussing fracking. We wanted to address safety concerns head-on and take the transportation focus out of the fracking equation,” he said. Brydon Ross, southeast regional director for the Consumer Energy Alliance, said the state of Pennsylvania generated public goodwill by ensuring that revenues from production were

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