Energy companies: We need truckers

(EAGLE GAZETTE) The expected Ohio oil and gas boom is going to make roads near wells swarm with trucks like bees to a hive. It’s likely to cause headaches for at least a few people, but for others, the commotion is going to sound like opportunity.

The hydraulic fracturing process — sometimes called “fracking” — alone can require up to 1,000 truckloads of a water, sand and chemical mix. Plus, Ohio, with little in the way of oil production historically, doesn’t have the pipelines to transport oil away from the well.

Several of the students at the American Professional Truck Driving School in rural Tuscarawas County are optimistic that behind the wheel is where they will find the long-lasting and gainful employment that has eluded them.

Read full column by Russ Zimmer in the LANCASTER EAGLE GAZETTE