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Truckers hope protest over unpaid hours and lack of restrooms will spark a Permian Basin labor movement

Truckers say they can wait up to 18 hours without pay to load or unload fracking sand. The drilling sites often lack restrooms.

Cesar Adrian Gonzalez Lopez, a driver for Toreados Trucking LLC, a New Mexico based company, poses for a photo Wednesday, June 26, 2024 in Monahans.

Members of the Truckers Movement for Justice flag down semi-truck drivers to share educational and promotional material as they protests outside of the Capital Sand mine Monday, July 1, 2024, in Monahans. The group, led by Billy Randel, protested across the Permian Basin Monday, calling for better wages and working conditions within the trucking industry.
Oscar Lobos flags down a trucker as he hands out informational pamphlets during a protest outside of the Alpine Silica sand mine Monday, July 1, 2024, in Monahans. Lobos gathered with other members of the Truckers Movement for Justice on Monday to protest for better wages and working conditions within the trucking industry.
Leticia Salas, a driver for Atlas, holds a protest sign outside of Halliburton’s regional office Monday, July 1, 2024, in Odessa.
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Brandon Horton, a driver for Allied Eagle Transports, monitors the transfer of a load of salt water, a byproduct of fracking, to a salt water disposal site Tuesday, June 25, 2024, south of Midland.
Semi-trucks park in a Love’s truck stop Thursday, June 27, 2024 in Odessa.
Trucker Marlon Lawe smokes a cigar at the end of his shift at a Pilot truck stop Wednesday, June 26, 2024, in Monahans. Lawe, who used to only drive part-time, made trucking his full-time job in 2017 to better support his family but feels working in the Permian Basin has been getting tougher as of late. “ I’ve already spent $10,000 of my money I had saved up towards bills,” Lawe said. “You’re just not making enough right now [to survive]”

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