Oil firms pumping work force dry

Posted: March 12, 2013 at 3:21 a.m.

A welder builds parts for petroleum tanks at Southern Tank and Manufacturing Inc. in Owensboro, Ky. The U.S. oil and natural gas industry is struggling to find enough skilled workers, an industry report says.

After spending years searching for enough crude to pump, the U.S. oil and natural gas industry now is struggling to find and pay enough skilled workers to tap the abundant supply in shale rock, putting $100 billion in planned petrochemical projects at risk, industry analysts say.

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