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    :: Thursday, September 11, 2008 ::

    Worker deaths rise as oil and gas drilling booms; inexperience and drugs are blamed - By BETSY BLANEY, Associated Press
    SNYDER, Texas - Less than two months into the job in the oilfields of West Texas, Brandon Garrett was sliced in half by a motorized spool of steel cable as he and other roughnecks struggled to get a drilling rig up and running.

    Garrett's grisly end illustrates yet another soaring cost of America's unquenchable thirst for energy: Deaths among those working the nation's oil and gas fields have risen at an alarming rate, The Associated Press has found.
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