A thick layer of dust on East Bethlehem Boulevard, being deposited there by fracking water and sand trucks, is causing major concerns.
That’s because when the dust mixes with rain it creates a very slippery surface.
Bethlehem Mayor Tim Bishop said Southwestern Energy is using the property as a “laydown area” to fill their trucks with sand and water.
They are tracking dust and mud onto the roadway, which has created a dangerous situation for drivers coming down the boulevard.
“It gets very slick and it can be unsafe to drive,” Bishop explained. “Our job first and foremost is to keep residents safe. It’s not just residents of Bethlehem that drive that road. That road sees a lot of traffic every day, so we will work with state officials, with the Division of Highways, to make sure that they’re staying on top of keeping that road clear and safe.”
Southwestern Energy’s community relations manager told 7News the company is aware of and concerned about the problem.
Amy Dobkin added that they were actually removing the mud and dirt immediately and they expected “the roadway to be clean later this evening.”