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  •  Those damn frackademia nuts! (5+ / 0-)

    What's wrong with them!

    Sorry, couldn't resist.

    Fracking is ruining my county in Ohio, and all the "jobs" are going to people from out of state. The economic boom they swear is happening is not benefiting us at all. So thanks for posting this.

    Our Tea Party "Democrat" (ugh) sheriff and prosecutor got a new $10 million courthouse with the money though. Yay. Frackademia nuts. All of them.

    Some would say that I'm off my gourd. I would say that I am a gourd.

    by Hubbard Squash on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 04:05:35 PM PDT

    •  Hubbard - why are the jobs going to people (1+ / 0-)
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      from out of state? Do the locals not have the right kind of experience?

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 04:13:15 PM PDT

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      •  That's probably the excuse they would use (2+ / 0-)
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        if they even acknowledged that the jobs weren't going to locals.

        There's a lot of people here willing to work but they're not hiring us. Although TV commercials talk about jobs, the fracking companies at local meetings and in the local newspaper talk more about "money going into the local economy". They try to downplay the jobs thing.

        The only people hiring out of this are service jobs, especially hotels. A lot of people I ride the bus with work at the hotels by the highway now. The rooms are packed with frackers from out of state.

        Some would say that I'm off my gourd. I would say that I am a gourd.

        by Hubbard Squash on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 04:30:54 PM PDT

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      •  Most oil people are transitory. (1+ / 0-)
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        Just about all the technical oil jobs go wherever the oil/gas is, and there's only a few states that actually train people in the oil and gas industry (Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, some others to a lesser degree)

        Other extraction industries are similar.  Training locals is generally not practical, as there'd be a huge additional time lag, plus you'd lose all the experience the dedicated personnel have.

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