On Friday morning, October 21st, Lauralee Michelle Widmer of Elmira lost her life to a drunk driver. She was 36 years old.
Jackson Township, Pa. — A Texas man is facing a vehicular homicide charge in connection with Friday morning’s crash in Tioga County, Pa. that killed an Elmira woman...Davidson works in the natural gas industry and is an employee of T3 Energy Services, located in Elmira, according to Pennsylvania State Police. He was driving a company truck at the time of the accident, according to police... (The Corning Leader)
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Yes, I know that accidents happen everywhere. Yes, I know that people other than gas drillers drive drunk and abuse drugs. Yes, I know that this accident is not the fault of the gas industry- not directly anyway. So please refrain from posting comments that say these things. I've heard it all quite a few times. These gas employees work 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off. They have a lot of time on their hands. They are far away from their families. They populate the local bars. The police in Bradford County have said so. These jobs invite problems. The gas industry does add many problems to living in gasfields.
A quote from the DA of Bradford County: (August 2011)
In Bradford County, Pa., drunken driving arrests are up 60 percent
. Criminal sentencing was up 35 percent
in 2010. And in Towanda, the county seat, DUI arrests were up 50 percent
Why? The frenzy of Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling, which has boosted the economies of some of Pennsylvania's smallest and most rural counties in recent years, has also led to rapid population swells and -- by extension -- more crime.
"Economic boom equals crime boom," said Daniel J. Barrett, the district attorney of Bradford County, which borders southern New York.
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