Eagle Ford Traffic Deaths Increase 13% – How many of the traffic victims can be related to the extraction of shale oil?

Posted on March 25, 2015

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During the period November 2014 to March 2015 I visited several of the 26 counties that cover Eagle Ford. Due to the heavy traffic made up of thousands of large trucks I was especially careful when driving around to study fracking. It is frightening to read that 272 people died in traffic accidents in the Eagle Ford area during 2014. 42% of all the traffic accidents in Texas occurred in Eagle Ford. Note that the area is not densely populated, and that all large cities are located outside of the Eagle Ford. How many of the dead can we relate to the extraction of shale oil?:

”Texas oil regions saw a surge in traffic deaths in 2014 including 272 people who died in traffic accidents in the Eagle Ford. According to TxDOT, this is an increase of 13 percent over 2013, where 240 people were killed in the 26-county region. Overall in the Eagle Ford last year, there were 3,658 traffic accidents in which people were killed or seriously injured, up from 3,446 the year before. This is a high percentage of the 8,600 accidents reported statewide.”

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Under perioden november 2014 till mars 2015 besökte jag flera av de 26 Countys som utgör Eagle Ford. Den våldsamma trafiken med tusentals tunga lastbilar gjorde att man tog det lite extra försiktigt då man körde runt och studerade fracking. Det är skrämmande att läsa att under 2014 var det 272 personer som dog i trafikolyckor i Eagle Ford området. Av alla trafikolyckor i Texas var det hela 42% som skedde i Eagle Ford. Notera att det inte är ett tätbebyggt område. Alla storstäder ligger utanför Eagle Ford:

”Texas oil regions saw a surge in traffic deaths in 2014 including 272 people who died in traffic accidents in the Eagle Ford. According to TxDOT, this is an increase of 13 percent over 2013, where 240 people were killed in the 26-county region. Overall in the Eagle Ford last year, there were 3,658 traffic accidents in which people were killed or seriously injured, up from 3,446 the year before. This is a high percentage of the 8,600 accidents reported statewide.”

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