West Virginia are aware of many of the changes brought about by the boom in hydraulic fracturing—better known as “fracking”—in eastern states, including Pennsylvania, West Virginia, as well as Texas. Those changes include not only an increase in mining activity, but an increase in economy, environmental concerns, and in some places car accidents.
A recent article in the Houston Chronicle focused specifically on the increase in fatal accidents resulting from the fracking industry, both of oil and gas workers and motorists who share the road with them. As the article points out, accidents in which three or more people are killed have become dreadfully commonplace. In addition to leading the nation in overall motor vehicle deaths, Texas leads the nation in the number of workplace fatalities caused by transportation accidents.