June 23rd, 2017

A writer at KallanishEnergy would have young people believe that there is a bright future in becoming a fossil fuel worker. Well who wouldn’t want to work in a dying industry that is rushing to exploit as many natural resources for shareholder profit and personal wealth as possible before rising sea levels and heatwaves make the planet uninhabitable?

Here’s the case in Young people must be educated O&G can be a great career:

Not only must the oil and gas industry educate the general public on the science behind hydraulic fracturing, horizontal drilling, etc., just as important is teaching current/potential employees on what the industry offers. [The science of Climate Change/Global Warming? Not so much. JH]

A panel of experts discussed employee-related issues during Day Two of Hart Energy’s DUG East Conference & Exhibition in Pittsburgh on Thursday. Kallanish Energy attended the annual program.

The issues companies must face when hiring/retaining employees can be daunting and numerous, the experts believe. And, importantly, companies must be prepared to allow their employees to fail—to learn from their mistakes. [Like Exxon, British Petroleum and Energy Transfer Partners? JH]

“The Rover Pipeline, when approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, immediately put out the call for 30,000 workers, to find 15,000 people who could pass a drug test,” said Courtney McShane, director, Business Development, for Wilbros, a specialty infrastructure contractor serving the oil and gas and power industries. [So, your workers can be alcoholics but no druggies? JH]

Rover is an Energy Transfer Partners project 715 miles long, designed to flow 3.25 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays to markets in the Midwest, Northeast, East Coast, Great Lakes and Gulf Coast regions of the U.S. and Canada [and has had construction halted due to spills totaling more than 2 million gallons. JH]

Roger Rodiek, vice president of Strategic Development-Industrial & Energy Division for WSP USA (the former WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff, a transportation and buildings engineering firm), said it takes a special type of person to work in the oil and gas field. [Considering whom they’re working for, nah, too easy of a target. JH]

“They want to build things,” Rodiek said. McShane, whose husband is in the armed forces, likened working in O&G to Army life: very structured, punctuated with long hours on the job, and away from family. [Then there’s the added benefit of enjoying despoiling vast tracks of farm land and poisoning water sources while slaughtering indigenous wildlife. JH]


[Bill Debo, operations director, Drill Bits, North America, for Baker Hughes,] reiterated the importance of allowing younger employees to stretch, to try and, perhaps to fail [with catastrophic consequences. JH]

“People get bloody noses—and that’s okay,” he said.

OK, ruining the lives of millions of people is an OK outcome from a learning experience in Debo’s world. His hubris is frightening. Better these young people should think about getting one of the 13 million clean-energy—solar and wind—jobs in China.

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