“When mud is on the road, it’s definitely a safety hazard. And if there was an accident, say if one of those people who were complaining got involved in an accident here, they definitely could go back on the property owners. That’s just the way it is,” said Michael Roncone, DOH District 4 oil and gas coordinator.
Roncone added the agency works to ensure the state’s highways are safe. That includes roads that connect to state roads.
“One of the first things we look at is how safe that approach is going to be on the state road. Whether it’s going to have enough site distance. If you’re pulling out or pulling onto the approach, you’re not going to get hit,” said Roncone.
WBOY 12 News viewers expressed concerns about Brushy Fork Road in front of ECM Energy Service’s property in Bridgeport. So we reached out to the DOH to find out what’s being done.
Roncone said, “The complaints we were getting is because there was a lot of mud on the main road coming off of the approach from this property. It creates a safety hazard. First thing we have to do is see if the property has a permit with us.”
DOH officials said ECM Energy Services filed Permit Form MM-109. In the state of West Virginia, any driveway that connects to a state road is required to have this permit.
“They have also filed for a permit that says what they are going to do to correct the problems. Mainly what they are looking at is putting a concrete approach with a box and grate to collect any surface water running off the approach itself,” said Roncone.
Officials said they hope to have the correction project underway by the end of the month.