Monday, July 11, 2005

Chinese Laborers In The American Oil Patch

With the same kind of fanfare about alleged shortages -- which, at least on the surface, could be true immediately -- we now read that Chinese laborers could be sent to the U.S. to work on gas drilling projects.
The oil and gas well services sector in Colorado is struggling to meet demand for new rigs and to find enough workers to operate them. As consumption of oil and natural gas grows, the effects have been felt globally.

"If they were just talking about bringing in foreign workers for the sake of lowering costs, then I think it could be grounds for pretty substantial opposition. But it's because the industry is running pretty much flat out," Mr. Boras said.