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Fracking Foes Cringe as
Unions Back Drilling Boom

Associated Press, by Kevin Begos

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 4/21/2014 4:24:06 AM

After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they´re now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale oil and gas boom. That vocal support from blue-collar workers complicates efforts by environmentalists to limit the drilling process known as fracking. "The shale became a lifesaver and a lifeline for a lot of working families," said Dennis Martire, the mid-Atlantic regional manager for the Laborers´ International Union, or LIUNA, which represents workers in numerous construction trades. Martire said that as huge quantities of natural

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: smcchk, 4/21/2014 4:51:35 AM     (No. 9818332)

Poor environmentalists! People actually want good-paying jobs and aren´t content to be Starbucks baristas, serving coffee to grant paid environmental lobbyists while they dream up their next ineffective project.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: JimS, 4/21/2014 6:00:34 AM     (No. 9818354)

It is unfortunate that the energy companies are apparently making a deal with the devil unions for their support in opposing the enviro-whackos.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Trigger2, 4/21/2014 6:28:57 AM     (No. 9818375)

Eco-terrorists in a war with criminal unions. You can´t make this stuff up.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Policom, 4/21/2014 6:43:03 AM     (No. 9818388)

Union people vote 40 percent Republican. About time Union started backing a different horse. Now we need them to back Clean Coal Plants before we don´t have a stable electric supply.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: oh-heck, 4/21/2014 12:19:56 PM     (No. 9818860)

This isn´t about the drilling companies enlisting the support of the unions, it´s about the union realizing that the drilling is growing the local economy and providing jobs outside drilling. New home construction and even growth in the steel industry using natural gas instead of coal.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: absalom, 4/21/2014 4:27:08 PM     (No. 9819105)

#2. What on earth are you talking about??? Working class labor, not corporations, is a natural republican constituency and has been since TR and Gompers!!!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: KTWO, 4/21/2014 5:04:47 PM     (No. 9819147)

It is all scrambling until November. The more vulnerable Democrats especially will study polls almost daily and take professional advice about how to triangluate and keep the votes of opposed factions.

The advice is shrewd and often works. And the voter so badly wants to believe his past choice was right.

Less visibly the money from both the green and union organizations will still be going to the Democrat on the ballot. The leaders of both sides know what is said to get elected means nothing the next day.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: msjena, 4/21/2014 5:14:25 PM     (No. 9819159)

The Republicans should pound on this and on the "indefinite" postponement of the Keystone Pipeline.

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