Oil Industry faces dilemma

Anthony Ezzo


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The oil and gas industry is arguably growing rapidly, bringing thousands of jobs to Ohio alone. However, Many of these fracking workers can’t seem to pass their drug tests.

The industry has brought approximately 39,000 jobs to Ohio alone and is expected to bring approximately 160,000 more jobs by the end of 2015.And yet, with all of these jobs openings, many of these drilling workers can’t seem to pass a drug test.

The Director of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program Rhonda Reda said some oil companies are reporting a very large amount of workers failing a drug test.

“Anywhere from 10 to 60 percent of some of the qualified applicants fail a drug test,” Reda said. “It is a problem statewide, it’s a problem nationwide, and the reality is, it’s a problem around the world.”

And as the oil industry is booming, Reda makes it clear potential workers will not get a job if they cannot pass a drug test.

“If you are doing drugs out there, you will not get a job in this industry- period,” Reda said.

Reda also said she predicts 30 percent of upcoming oil and gas job openings will be filled by workers outside of Ohio due to this drug testing problem.

Contact Anthony Ezzo at [email protected].