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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-06-2011, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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Well, the gas drilling dampend my holiday

Went up to Hills Creek for labor day. I used to do this trip every year but due to health issues I haven't been north in I guess 3 years. Wow, the first thing I noticed was the traffic! The better half and I went to Wellsboro so she could check out the shops. We waited to cross the street and counted 17 sand tankers in a row going right threw town. And some of the senery is just decimated either by the wells or the large swaths cut for the pipe line. But what really got to me was the light. Over at Hills Creek there is a glow in the sky and it never gets totally dark. The other thing is the noise. I'm guessing that it is a turbine that runs the drilling rig? But that darn thing sounds like a jet plane, constantly. The first night I could hardly sleep.
I really feel for those that are dealing with this daily. What a mess. I realize it's a double edged sward. I just pray that the effects are only temporary. And what is unseen? Thats what bothers me.
On a good note I met up with a fellow huntingpa member and compleated a long gun transaction, nice fellow.

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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-07-2011, 10:48 PM
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The light and noise was from burning off a flare on a wellpad. It goes on for 7 to 10 days (usually) and then it's finished. The pads will be reclaimed and the gas lines will be planted with grasses, forbs and food plots and will be better than before!! We have it all around us and life is good.

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Re: Well, the gas drilling dampend my holiday

Sorry your vacation was ruined, but maybe since the drilling has brought jobs to the area, people who didn't have the money before will be able to take some time off now.

Perhaps those people may go to the southern part of the state and complain about the traffic and factories.
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post #4 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-08-2011, 08:42 AM
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Progress AND new jobs.........there is a price to pay for both. In the end , its a great problem to have in this region of the state that time forgot.
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I'm just glad someone in the U.S. is drilling for natural gas. It'll sure make my Christmas holiday a little warm.
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post #6 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-20-2011, 01:36 AM
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Just wondering how permanent the jobs will be and what will happen when the drilling is done. Not big money jobs just lots of hours. Saw an add for pipelayer that said 70 grand a year. When you read it it was thirteen something an hour 84 hours a week - 7 twelve hour days. Gonna be a boom for a while and they still will need a few people when the drilling is done but I gotta wonder.

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post #7 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-20-2011, 10:32 PM
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JMO 84hrs. weekly of my life, gas, lunchs, TAXES, $13.00 is fadein fast. What about health care for family you won't see or enjoy. Sorry not knockin anyone but don't seem like a good deal to me, but then a man has to do what a man has to do....later
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That is why I won`t work for the Nat gas companies(truck driver). They was to run you to death and the benefits are horrible. The workers need to Unionize and get a good package going with a good healthcare-vacations and a nice pention. If that happens, I`ll be all over it.

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It is a good life for young guys or transients with no roots. I talked to a guy a few weeks ago whose son just started in the industry. He is working like 6 12's with 1 day off for Christmas. He is driving 1+ hrs each way. His son is in his early 20's.

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post #10 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-22-2011, 03:29 PM
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Re: Well, the gas drilling dampend my holiday

My one brother in Montana has been training drivers for the gas people out there . He told me yesterday that those drivers can possibly bring in 100 thousand plus . Granted it will be a fairly short term of about two years , but in such tough times they cannot get enough drivers. Another negative is that the school turns out these CDL rookies with only two weeks of training , half being on the road . This is not near enough when considering safety .

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