Utica Shale Transient Workers in Ohio Crosshairs

Calling OH Gov. John “foreigner hunter” Kasich: Ohio is being invaded by foreigners! Time for a dragnet to kick them out!! We refer, tongue-in-cheek, to Kasich’s disdain for non-Ohioans moving to Ohio to work in the Utica Shale drilling industry–doing nasty, hard jobs that often require someone who’s skilled at doing them–like pipefitting and welding, and man-handling equipment at rig sites (called a roustabout). Ohioans can certainly be trained, but often it takes people who have done it to show them how.

The Columbus Dispatch has taken a decidedly anti-drilling stance recently with a flurry of articles that attack the Utica Shale industry. Their latest article takes aim at “transient” workers–people Kasich calls foreigners. It’s jingoistic and repugnant–but then prejudice and ignorance always are. Here’s the Dispatch waxing eloquent on “transients”…

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