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Truck driver hauling drilling mud dies Wednesday in East End crash

Posted: January 22, 2014 - 5:00pm
In this photo provided by Alaska State Troopers of a fatal truck crash, which occurred Wednesday morning, drilling mud tanks can be seen in a field on the south side of the road near Mile 9.5 East End Road. A Soldotna truck driver, Trevor Cunningham, 29, was ejected from the truck and pronounced dead at South Peninsula Hospital.  Photo provided by Alaska State Troopers
Photo provided by Alaska State Troopers
In this photo provided by Alaska State Troopers of a fatal truck crash, which occurred Wednesday morning, drilling mud tanks can be seen in a field on the south side of the road near Mile 9.5 East End Road. A Soldotna truck driver, Trevor Cunningham, 29, was ejected from the truck and pronounced dead at South Peninsula Hospital.

A Soldotna truck driver hauling drilling mud was killed Wednesday in a crash near Mile 9.5 East End Road. 

Trevor Cunningham, 29, was ejected from his truck. Kachemak Emergency Services medics took him to South Peninsula Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Next of kin have been notified, Alaska State Troopers said in a press release.

Cunningham had been heading inbound to Homer when the truck overturned about 10:25 a.m. Jan. 22, separating the tank from the frame. Some drilling mud spilled from the tank. KES crews set up booms as a precaution. Troopers notified the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. 

At press time it was not known if a cleanup was underway. 

The truck is owned by AIMM Technology, said Megan Peters, a trooper spokesperson.

Troopers also notified Commercial Vehicle Enforcement. The Bureau of Highway Patrol assumed control of the scene and is conducting an investigation.

The crash happened on East End Road near Walters Street by a downhill curve between Kilcher Road and Greer Road. The tanks rolled onto the south side of the east bound side of the road. Buccaneer Energy just started drilling a well at the West Eagle prospect off East End Road 20 miles east of Homer. AIMM Technologies is a vendor used by Buccaneer. Buccaneer will be providing a contents list of the drilling mud to DEC, according to Jay Morakis, a Buccaneer spokesperson.

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LJ 01/24/14 - 06:51 am
first day of drilling

Buccaneer's first day of drilling, someone dies, toxic crap dumped all over the side of the road.

This is what happens when people ignore everything Brother Asaiah fought for, to protect our precious environment from oil and gas.

This is what happens when a newspaper covers up what is really happening, and a greedy city council pats an incompetent company on the back and gives them free reign with our resources.

And I think the town should be asking, why did we pay for a gas line 5 miles out east end road?

Maybe because the city council works for Buccaneer and not the people of Homer?

Buccaneer is advertising the gas line that we paid for as benefit to their investors:
"West Eagle is located approximately 13-15 miles from a natural gas pipeline tie-in."

It would be really awesome if the Kilchers could bring this up on their Alaska reality show. So many people admiring what we have here, meanwhile Buccaneer with the help of our city council is working to destroy it for their own greed.

Please talk about natural gas drilling, fracking, how Cheney established that oil and gas do not have to reveal the contents of their fracking fluid etc.

We need help here! GOD HELP US!!

Grey Falcon
Grey Falcon 01/24/14 - 06:41 pm
Nothing New

LJ - I'm with you. But what does the city of Homer have to say about it. The drill site is way out of town. I agree that the citizens of Homer were conned into paying for a pipeline to help further the drilling efforts down E.End Rd. They're going to pull/push the gas out as fast as they can and ship it up the pipeline past Homer to Kenai. Where they put it back in the ground to store for more valuable markets like Anchorage.

I live near the drill pad at 9mile North Fork Rd. It used to be a nice quiet place to live. But since the drilling started the quiet is mostly gone. They have drilled 8 wells now, there are pumps, motors, engines and generators running at all hours. They flare off gas and pump unknown smoke into the air at their discretion with almost no over site. The last time they had the drill rig out, they closed a road and put the blow out diverter across it, where it would drain right into the Anchor River. And when questioned acted like they owned the road. We had the North Fork blocked on many occasions when they tried to use too little crew on too big of jobs and trucks got stuck. They say they aren't fraking, but I see suspicious chemical tankers and pumping trucks drive back and forth to the drill pad on a regular basis. At this point I'm afraid to get my well tested.

So I say if you really want to get something done don't ask the fantasy show the Kilchers are on for help. Go out to the drill site, take any state regs you can find with you and look for infractions and document anything that looks wrong. Report any findings back to the state and Cook Inlet Keeper. Get the numbers and email of contacts for the drilling operation and let them know every time you have a complaint or question.

Good Luck.

DeboraAnn 02/02/14 - 12:01 pm
my beloved son

Trevor Cunningham is my son. He was a wonderful son, father, husband, and brother. It is my highest hope his death was just a very sad accident not the result of any wrong doing on the oil company's part.

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