Marcellus Shale HSSE Moment of the Day (a.k.a "Hide Your Womenfolk!")
State Rep. Michael Sturla (D) of Pennsylvania is concerned that natural gas drillers in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale field aren't really doing much for the locals:
Also, aside from building roads so their trucks can get to drill sites and doing a little stream work to mitigate damage from their road building, exactly what are all those things the drillers are doing for the local communities? Patronizing the bars at night? Driving up the cost of rental housing? Spreading sexually transmitted disease amongst the womenfolk?...
I'm not blogging this because I think it was a particularly stupid thing to say (though I certainly enjoyed the phrasing, which was lacking nothing save a reference to sandwiches); he seems to have a valid point so far as it goes. I'm just blogging it because it made me wonder...do you think the production companies involved are including that particular risk in their safety briefings?
UPDATE: A person to whom I am not allowed refer observes that the best safety tactic in this situation is to "stop all that unauthorized drilling."