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Section A: General News


Letter: Oil-field convoy




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October 31, 2012 | 1,813 views | 18 comments

Editor:

On Oct. 21 I was treated to a 400-yard oil-field convoy from Nixon all the way to Floresville. Two huge chunks of drilling rig and a bunch of flatbed rigs end-to-end driving 30 mph. It took an hour to get to Floresville! When we got to the two-lane section of S.H. 97 in Stockdale, did they pull to the right and let the 200 cars stuck behind them by? No, they actually sped up to 50 mph and drove down the middle of the lanes to keep anyone from passing and then slowed back down to 30 mph afterwards. They had reckless disregard for any community caught in their path.

It is impossible to pass a 400-yard-long convoy safely, so frustrated car and pickup drivers did so recklessly. Add to that a number of 18-wheelers also on oil-field business that also had to roar around everyone and pass the convoy. I personally witnessed at least four almost-head-on collisions with eastbound drivers having to go off on the shoulder and grass to avoid the passing vehicle just between Stockdale and Floresville.

Some will say that the oil companies aren’t responsible for idiot drivers, but then someone who whacks a hornet’s nest is liable for the people that the hornets sting (and that’s exactly how I would see it if on a jury).

I called the sheriff’s dispatcher and told them of the dangerous situation while still 12 miles out of town, and yet I never saw a single department unit respond and they had a half hour to do so!

This madness must end! Very few of us are making a dime on this oil business, but we, our loved ones, and friends’ lives are being put at risk because of this reckless disregard for the people of Wilson County.

I went to the sheriff’s office and filed a formal complaint. I understand that the sheriff has DPS come out twice a month and run stops, and while DPS is here, the trucks behave, but when DPS leaves they go back at it again. I don’t see either of the candidates for sheriff talking much about what they’re going to do about this insanity. I want these convoys given such an intensive inspection every time they go through town that they’ll need a cigarette.

Overall, the traffic -- whether it be rigs or trucks driven by the new oil workers in town -- has taken our quiet town and made it miserable. We’ve been treated to a 5.4 earthquake, increasing crime, and drug trade, and a persistent rumor has it that the hookers have arrived as well -- and price increases from local businesses trying to cash in on the oil boom’s apparently bottomless pockets.

One has to ask if this is worth it? My land isn’t leased. I’m not buying a new F-350 with all my oil money. Their nonsense hasn’t put me an inch closer to building my house! What has it done for you?

Please join me in demanding that the sheriff take immediate action. Don’t suffer in silence -- file a formal report at the sheriff’s office like I did. It’s easy to say there isn’t a problem if no one makes their complaint official. These are permitted loads -- they know exactly who to take the complaint to!

RUSSELL DICKERSON

Floresville
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
Its Me  
Over Here  
November 2, 2012 5:43am
 
Poor Mr. DICKerson!

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
November 1, 2012 5:45pm
 
Have you ever thought about running as a candidate for a Neighborhood Owners Association board. You would make an ideal chairman.

 
Beji Amhoudi  
La Vernia  
November 1, 2012 5:17pm
 
Russell, you leave Grouch alone! We grow straw around here and that's what we make men of. You are ignorant! NIMBY NIMBY NIMBI

 
Russell Dickerson  
Floresville, TX  
November 1, 2012 5:13pm
 
"Do you have some type of compulsion to police people driving habits ?" Just another one of your straw-man arguments (its a logical fallacy - Google it) The simple fact is that everyone knows its going on. You ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
November 1, 2012 4:01pm
 
Russell Dickerson....I don't know if you are referring to me for utilizing an user name. I have posted my real name on the WCN blogs more than once. My name is James J. Branum and my blood type is O positive. Would you ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
November 1, 2012 3:47pm
 
Rabble Rouser......One basic rule of defensive driving. Beware of impatient and irritated drivers. :)

 
Rabble Rouser Extraordinaire  
Adkins, TX  
November 1, 2012 2:46pm
 
I was put into the ditch on the turn at SH 119 & CR 450 by an 18 wheeler...that was passing a farmer hauling double round bales on a flatbed! 12' wide + 8' wide coming head-on leaves no more room/asphalt. Pity to ... More ›

 
Russell Dickerson  
Floresville, TX  
November 1, 2012 2:20pm
 
You're entitled to your opinion, but I don't have to shut up and sit down because you don't agree with me. As for your thinly-veiled insults, grow a pair and post under your own REAL name rather than hiding behind your alias, ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
November 1, 2012 1:38pm
 
Beji......down-home insult festival.....Grouch, you're a just a loudmouthed jerk.... Are you the pot or the kettle ?

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
November 1, 2012 1:16pm
 
RD.....just more of that NIMBY nonsense.....When I am delayed by a freight train of more than 100 freight cars, each carrying two shipping containers, I just relax and count the cars while marveling at the great industrial ... More ›

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