Is being sent to Pennsylvania as bad as an assignment on a North Sea oil rig?
Every two weeks, driller Sean Nagel Mueller, his brother, Warren, and about a dozen others board a flight for Dallas-Fort Worth or Pittsburgh. Nagel Mueller works a two-week hitch of 12-hour days on a rig in Washington County in southwest Pennsylvania.It turns out that the two week cycle is exactly the same as what is typical for workers sent to rigs in the North Sea. The North Sea mind you is one of the worst places to work in the world. The thing that gets me is that Washington County is pretty nice, full of people, lot of history in oil and gas develooment, and not a remote place. If the industry can't find resident workers there, then what is it like across most of Pennsylvania. Maybe they just don't want to despite the rhetoric. Actually the sentence just before quote above is even more telling:
“If I can keep my headquarters, my people and my infrastructure here in Fort Worth and put three guys on an airplane every week to go hit the Marcellus, to fly up and go stay in a hotel in Youngstown … that’s pretty efficient versus picking up half my company and moving it up there.”So it is all efficient.
Those quotes also explain what is behind some passenger trends at the airport of course. We won't even get into the bigger labor force issues that are embedded in them. What I really want to know is why Ohio is not learning from Pennsylvania? (vice Texas)