Industry promotes traffic safety
While people living at ground zero for oil and gas activity point to the industry as the culprit for increased traffic and its attendant problems in their rural backyards, the operators are being proactive when it comes to traffic safety.One of the largest operators in the county, EnCana, has hired a person specifically to enforce traffic safety.”The traffic manager keeps an on eye on that for us,” said EnCana community relations director Sher Long. “In the areas where we’re getting complaints about speeding, he meets with residents one on one.”EnCana also has installed an electronic speed limit sign. “We move it around depending on where we expect to have traffic or where we’re getting complaints,” Long said.
The traffic manager also carries a radar gun to clock truck drivers.”We’re not out there to be a police force, but the traffic manager does stop contractors (if they’re speeding),” Long added.Williams, also a major oil and gas operator in the county, takes similar steps to ensure its employees and contractors obey traffic laws. “We certainly hold contractors accountable by requiring them to report motor vehicle accidents,” said Susie Manicom, Williams spokesperson. “We hold regular safety meetings with contractors … to maintain driving safety awareness.”
She said Williams holds with strict enforcement of speed limit requirements.”We post signs to remind (drivers) of speed limits and safe driving practices,” she said. The company also requires employee and contract drivers to fasten their seat belts. Williams also strives to “maintain roads for their intended use.””It just makes good business sense to put safety in the forefront,” Manicom said.
“We are very, very serious about helping our contractors understand they need to be careful out there,” Long said, “and we will enforce our policies.”Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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