Grueling Work, Rich Rewards Loom at Ground Zero of the Drilling Boom



On a brisk March morning in a field off of state Route 172 in Lisbon, the air is filled with the rumble of machinery and the smell of diesel fuel.

Combine that with the gray skies, the bare trees and the drilling equipment, and the scene it creates isn’t exactly picturesque.

On this day, workers plan to move equipment from a natural-gas injection well. They pay no attention to the weather as they swarm the well. They perform their duties in perfect synchronicity.


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