Pennsylvania truckers plan rally to raise awareness about fuel costs

| 3/21/2008

Another group of Pennsylvania truckers is planning a rally to draw support for their battle against skyrocketing fuel prices.

OOIDA member Mark Kirsch has organized a planning meeting to decide on a date for a rally in the state capital of Harrisburg. Kirsch has been posting fliers locally for about three weeks and has held several smaller meetings.

Kirsch and others involved in the planning are scheduled to gather at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 22, at the WilcoHess Travel Plaza. The plaza is located at Exit 77 on Interstate 81 near Harrisburg. Kirsch requested that drivers not call the truck stop seeking information about the rally because it is merely the location for the planning meeting.

“It’s about the fuel price itself, not just diesel,” Kirsch told Land Line. “It’s gas and heating oil. We’re trying to get some kind of cap.”

A number of truckers Kirsch has talked to in recent weeks are feeling the crunch, he said.

“A lot of guys who came to the meetings have already parked their trucks.”

Kirsch said it is important for truckers to contact legislators to encourage the Bush administration to discontinue diverting oil to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve until prices stabilize. OOIDA President and CEO Jim Johnston wrote a letter to President Bush earlier this year suggesting just that.

– By David Tanner, staff writer