The dark side of the boom

04/07/2014
Much has been made in the general media about how unconventional oil and gas development has damaged or threatens to damage flora, fauna, and air in areas of the US where drilling and production have surged. In fact, New York State in 2010 imposed a temporary moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing and in 2013 a New York appeals court ruled individual towns had the right to proscribe the practice (OGJ Online, May 2, 2013). Other US localities have sought to restrict the practice as well. And similar battle lines are drawn in the UK. Less attention, however, has been paid to the workers who have streamed to high-paying but often dangerous jobs in the hot basins, especially North Dak...
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