Watching Government: Hoeven's labor shortage answer

Some politicians lead task forces by holding hearings and issuing reports that essentially restate the already identified problem. Then there's North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven.When he was chairman of the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission, Hoeven also led the Petroleum Professionals Blue Ribbon Task Force. The group was formed to address a growing wellhead labor shortage. Its 2003 final report proposed a national effort focused on state governments for public and stakeholder education, the federal government for exploration and production research and national outreach, and the industry for "on the ground" involvement.These general proposals included a more-specific template for ea...

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