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Oil industry trucks worry Glenrock-area residents

GLENROCK, Wyo. — A surge in oil field truck traffic is a potential safety hazard and Converse County officials need to do more to keep the trucks out of their neighborhoods, homeowners in the Glenrock area said.

Oil development and related truck traffic has been steadily on the rise in eastern Wyoming for several years now. Recently Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy leased 240 acres in the Glenrock area from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for possible oil drilling.

The Converse County Commission should do more to regulate oilfield traffic such as by posting signs for truck drivers, some homeowners told the Casper Star-Tribune.

Concerned homeowners include Orvie Stoneking, a North Monkey Road resident who said he recently bought signs telling truck drivers to keep off the private road. The $50 spent seems to have stopped the problem of oil industry trucks cutting through his neighborhood, Stoneking said.

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He suggested the county do more.

“It’s solely up to them to regulate what goes on up here: The traffic we have up here, the cops we have up here. And we can’t even get a $50 sign,” Stoneking said. “If they can’t handle something as small as that, what are they going to do when it gets deep?”

County commissioners declined to put up the signs on North Monkey Road, saying they didn’t want to establish the precedent of having to put signs up on all private roads.

The county has been working to educate oil companies about speed limits and other driving restrictions that apply in or around communities, commission Chairman Jim Willox said.

Many of oil field drivers who traveled North Monkey Road simply took a wrong turn while trying to reach nearby rigs, he said.

“We constantly have this dialogue about respecting our community. We just have a lot of new people here,” Willox said. “Over time I think it will get better.”


Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com