In episode 8, anchor Brock Yordy gets into the important topics of plugging orphan oil & gas wells and recruiting new hires, and then interviews driller Robert Coon.

Coon retired from the company that bears his family name and says he sees a big drop in the number of people who are willing to work in drilling.

“Owners need to start breeding more drillers, I guess,” Coon says.

This episode covers:

  • Federal funding for plugging orphan oil & gas wells
  • 2022 Rio Grande water supply
  • Historic low levels in Lake Powell, Lake Mead
  • Repetitive stress injuries in drilling and construction work
  • Physical conditioning for drilling and construction workers
  • Advice on staying safe over a drilling career
  • Inspiring a younger generation to work in drilling and construction
  • The aging construction and drilling workforce
  • A “living wage” for drilling and construction

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