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Roughnecking isn't for everyone

Roughnecking isn't for everyone

POSTED: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 9:00am

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 9:14am

A few years ago, Frankie Gonzalez was working marginal jobs and running with the wrong crowd in his small South Texas hometown of San Diego. Now he’s among the many oil field workers cashing in on the gusher known as the Eagle Ford Shale.

“I started out in the wash pit, washing trucks. I worked concrete for three years. Now I’m an equipment operator. I run the hydrator,” said Gonzalez, 27, who works for a major hydraulic fracturing company, but spends little time with his family.

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