Bingo Richard. Why on earth do people think they can spend five minutes on a website, consider it "investigative research", and then publish a wild-assed speculative accusation on a public forum?
Regarding Amorette's rather broad statement regarding oil, gas, pipeline, mining, etc..... I've lived in several towns that have gone through boom-n-bust cycles. My observation that the people who actually get hired and work on these projects are usually salt-of-the-earth, backbone-of-our-country folks, including the typically large share of rowdy but generally law abiding and responsible young men.
But - the PROSPECT of employment also draws a lot of undesirable individuals with hopes of getting hired on. The thing is, the oil/gas/etc companies are very good about weeding troublemakers out because they become huge liabilities should they actually get on the jobsite.
So, as a rule, miscreants do NOT get hired and eventually they move along to chase the next rainbow. Unfortunately, some do a lot of damage in the short time that they are present, and that taints the picture for everyone - good and bad alike.
In other words, I'd like to salute all those hard working guys with sweat stained blue collars... they hate the bad guys as much or even more than we do.
[This message has been edited by Steve Craddock (1/15/2012)]