The Faces of 90.5 WESA
Tue August 21, 2012
Drillers Deal With Rattlers
Jobs on natural gas drilling sites can have funny names. There are roustabouts, mud men, doodlebuggers and snake wranglers. That last one, snake wrangler, is exactly what it sounds like.
Drillers are finding more and more timber rattlesnakes as gas operations expand in northeast Pennsylvania. The snakes are what’s called a "candidate species." They aren’t protected, but state regulators think the species may be in danger, so Pennsylvania's Fish and Boat Commission is doing a lot of research aimed at tracking and monitoring them.