As part of their regular regulating of commercial vehicles on state roads The Pennsylvania State Police has been operating a FracNet program where they regulate trucks used to haul wastewater that is used in the Marcellus Shale industry.
The most recent program was held on March 15 and 16. Their primary concern is making sure the vehicles are operating safely, meaning they have brakes that work and lights that turn on. In this last operation, 731 vehicles were inspected, 334 of them in Southwest Pennsylvania. 131 of the vehicles that were inspected statewide were placed out of service.
The owners of the truck are the ones fined.