Areas in West Virginia have suffered from high unemployment rates in the past years and the Affiliated Construction Trades Foundation has criticized Marcellus gas companies for hiring workers from other states as opposed to local citizens.
“It’s sad, but many West Virginia citizens are watching the natural gas industry flourish in their own backyards, while RVs and trucks with license plates from Texas, Louisiana and other far flung states roll into their communities to do the jobs local workers should be doing,” said Dave Efaw, secretary-treasurer of ACT.
Dominion often hires independent contractors to do some of their construction projects. Steve White, Executive Director of the ACT Foundation has been extremely critical of those contractors for bringing in their own employees from other states. Concerns that Marcellus drilling will have an impact on the environment have also risen from local residents .
More than 50 local communities in New York have passed bans on gas drilling within their borders.
You can view the “Marcellus Principles” at www.jobsforlocalworkers.com.
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