Drilling Rigs Transported Without Permits 10/23/13
CBS 7 News
Midland, TX - Trooper Bart Teeter says in his years in law enforcement he has never seen the oilfield traffic this busy, but it comes many who cut corners in efforts to save money.
"The permits can prevent some of the hazards and some of the damage to the infrastructure," he said.
Teeter says a bulk of the money that goes to TxDOT for permits fund the roads.
"We're writing tickets for being overweight vehicles for not having permits," he said, "but it's an everyday occurrence."
He says everytime a drilling rig has to move a permit is needed, but some skip the process.
"It was much cheaper to pay for the ticket," he said.
New laws passed last month give harsher penalties to those who are not following the rules.
A first time offender could be paying up to a $1,000 ticket.
"It's always worked that when you needed to move your rig you move your rig some of those habits have diehard," he said.
It's as easy as going to the TxDOT website and requesting the permit, but many try to avoid the cost, which in return could cost them.
"The permits pay for themselves you may get away with it today but we're gonna cross paths and it's going to cost a lot more than with the permits would cost," he said.