City Manager Responds to Fracking Spill Concerns
It's a story we first told you about a few weeks ago. Footage caught on camera of fracking residue spilling on Laredo roadways. Today our cameras captured an 18 wheeler being pulled over for the very same reason.
"We gotta make sure we have a steady balance between jobs and economic level and safety for the public."
City manager Carlos Villarreal discussed the incident that happened today involving yet another truck carrying hazardous materials and spilling it on a Laredo roadway. Police pulled over an 18-wheeler when they noticed there was no top on the truck to secure the material. The driver was cited for the chemical spill, not having a permit, and for transporting materials without authorization.
"Besides that, the vehicle was also confiscated and will not be released until the vacuum truck can get the material they shouldn't have been carrying to start with."
The city manager says they will be taking additional measures to prevent spills in the future starting with a training class next month given by the commissioner of environmental equality.
"We will be having a training for all law enforcement for everybody to brush up on the latest changes."
Although Villarreal says the fracking business has been beneficial to Laredo's economy, he wants to be business friendly but also take care of the public's safety. Another way they will try to keep the trucks from spilling the waste he says is to have 18 wheelers carrying hazardous materials only take loop 20.
"For example, traveling from 35 to 59, 359 or 83 we could possibly look at revamping the hazardous cargo route."
When asked what he would tell residents worried about another incident like today happening Villarreal assures the city will...
"Make sure we react..make sure there's no danger to the public."
The trucking company will only be able to remove the truck from the wrecker yard once they bring a vacuum truck to remove the material and place it into a secure vehicle. Until then fines will be adding up daily.