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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-09-06 09:37 PM
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An Oil Leak Rattles a State and Its Workers
There was a newspaper here once. It was back in the boom years of the 1980s, when the crude oil surging up from 9,000 feet beneath the earth and ice was still transforming Alaskas North Slope from Arctic wilderness to flush frontier.

Now this frontier town has no newspaper. Nor a resident mayor or town council or even any real residents. It is just a drill site with as many as 5,000 people no one seems to have a firm count who cycle in and out, year round, often on two-week hitches.

They are mostly men, and they work on wells controlled by BP, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil and other companies. Or they repair trucks and pumps. Or they run the desk or the kitchen at the camps that house and feed the work force. And this week, some of them worry more than they ever have.

Everybodys scared, said David Marshall, a field hand for ASRC Energy Services, a subcontractor with BP. Everybodys scared for their jobs. Everybodys calling everybody.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/10/us/10prudhoe.html?hp&...
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Stargazer99 Donating Member (943 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-09-06 10:16 PM
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1. Leave important work to a corp
and this is what you get...pollution, destruction, etc because according to the capitalistic system STOCK HOLDERS MUST MAKE MORE AND MORE MONEY and to hell with the enviroment or human health. Wake up will ya...you've been sold a bill of goods that worked well a hundred years ago, not now.
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