ROADBLOCK! (Direct action in Brooklyn, PA)
(Brooklyn PA) On Tuesday, July 17, 2012, near the illegal and unpermitted construction of the beginning of the Constitution Pipeline, a group of people spontaneously blocked a road for 30 minutes after a 45 ton crane on a 9 ton trailer went up a gravel road where they were gathering.
When asked, the driver of the escort vehicle and the driver of the truck pulling the crane both refused to present the road-use permit.
While the driver of the crane got away with his load, it was not before photographic evidence was obtained of the crime. (See below for the DOT number of the truck).
The driver of the escort vehicle initially spoke with reps of the group, then spent much of the time on his cell phone with the tinted windows rolled up.
Apparently, both sides called the police for help.
After about 30 mins, and with the illegal vehicle gone, and the police no where in sight, the group decided to cease the roadblock.
"It was a positive & powerful action" said someone who was there.
One of the activists gave this statement:
The operations up the road are illegal and immoral. The government is colluding with industry and is not enforcing its own law.
With mass-scale destruction of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the destruction and segmentation of some of the last and largest forests left on planet earth,
With the poisoning and the destruction of massive quantities of our water precious and scarce water,
It now seems time that we put our bodies on the line to stop this insanity, to preserve this place for future generations.
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The crane was a Manitowoc 8000, weight is 90,000 lbs (45 tons).
Here is a similar one:
The trailer was a 4-axle Trail King HG series detachable lowboy trailer:
- 26-ft deck
- 102-in width
- 12-in extenders
- GVWR 130,160 lbs (This is consistant with a 90,000 lb load)
- GAWR 20,280 lbs (see note * below)
- Weight 17,640 lbs empty (9 tons)
Here is a stock photo:
* Note about GAWR from Wikipedia:
- Vehicles over 6,000 pounds are restricted from some city roadways.
- Vehicles over the 8,500 pound threshold are required to have insurance under Section 387.303 of the Motor Carrier Act of 1980.
Information about other vehicles:
License Plate: (Ohio) PHQ 3910
ICC MC 239904
Middleburg Hts. Oh
TNK 4598 : Ohio