In a modern-day echo of the raucous Old West, small towns enjoying a boom in oil and gas drilling are seeing a sharp increase in drunken driving, bar fights and other hell-raising, blamed largely on an influx of young men who find themselves with lots of money in their pockets and nothing to do after they get off work.
Authorities in Pennsylvania and other states are quick to point out that the vast majority of workers streaming in are law-abiding. But they also say the drilling industry has brought with it a hard-working, hard-drinking, rough-and-tumble element that, in some places, threatens to overwhelm law enforcement.
2011 has been a year of disasters. As we recover from the freak snow storm on Saturday, many still without power, let us look back on the flooding which devastated parts of Pennsylvania and follow-up on the recovery efforts being made.
Athens, Pa. — On Maple Street in Athens Borough on Saturday, residents were making progress: some were spackling, some were insulating, some were putting up drywall, and one was ready for a break.
The street was inside a zone so devastated by the flood of nearly two months ago that, in the days just after the flood, people had to pass a Pennsylvania Army National Guard checkpoint to enter.
Last night’s complete blow-out (34-7) of the Dallas Cowboy‘s by the Philadelphia Eagles gave fans a much-needed victory. The “dream team” that had been much hyped before the season began finally gelled and played consistently for four quarters.
The Dallas Cowboys finally scored in the fourth quarter but were completely shut down by the Eagles offensively and defensively. The Eagles made it look easy.
Andy Reid and his coaching staff as well and Michael Vick and his players were all on the same page last night. The Eagles played like champions.
I hope this is a sign of things to come for the rest of the season from the Eagles. It sure makes watching football fun again!