i also wish there were more jobs for locals, BUT, the gas business has created a lot of work for local people. its just not directly for the gas company's.
resturaunts are busier, hotels are booked full, hardware stores , equipment rentals etc.
gravel pits crushing more rock and dump trucks hauling to build pads and roads to get to them . dump trucks hauling sand for pipelines. local water trucks running etc
it could certainly be better, but this business has brought some very needed work to our area, even though most of it is through service companys , its still better than no work.