A doctor in Tompkins County Pennsylvania addresses a different kind of public safety issue.
Drill crews present public problems, Pa. doctor tells Tompkins committee
Workers bring substance abuse, conflict, crime, says man who worked in western gas regions
By Stacey Shackford
Theodore Them, the chief of occupational and environmental health for Guthrie Health in Sayre, told members of the Tompkins County Legislature’s public safety committee on Monday that an influx of rig workers would likely bring with it a rise in drug and alcohol abuse, robbery, burglary, shootings, stabbings and poaching.
“They work two weeks straight, 12 hours per day, then have two weeks off. They are going to be bored and raising Cain,” Them said. “A lot of them are hardened, tough workers who are used to a hard life. Most are good people, but there will be enough bad apples in this crowd to make it a bad situation.”
Doctor Them is not the first to mention these problems.