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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Company Fined For Employing Illegal Mexican Marcellus Shale Workers

Texas company agrees to pay fine for employing illegal immigrants

Williamsport Sun-Gazette

A Texas company surveying for energy deposits in the Marcellus Shale in Lycoming County accepted a plea agreement Friday in U.S. Middle District Court on a charge of conspiracy to transport and harbor illegal Mexican workers.

The company GPX/GPX USA, owned and operated by Michael Ellis, was charged May 10, 2012 in an indictment with conspiracy to transport and harbor aliens and harboring aliens. Douglas Wiggill, company foreman, was the co-defendant in the case. Read more....


Anonymous said...

no surprise at all. if you can't speak one word of English, odds are you're illegal. I ran into these guys several times in the field. shame on the employer from Texas for bringing them here.

Anonymous said...

I don't think they should have prosecuted for something the obama administration does everyday! I thought the idea from the white house being pushed is they are all welcome here!

Anonymous said...

So much for hiring local! Bunch of bastards from Texas!

Anonymous said...

probably the only people they could find to work. Everyone around here is on disability or welfare.. let them work and let the locals get a free ride.

Anonymous said...

lol, look at you morons

Typical right wingers. Love to have it both ways.

There is no defense for this. But all you can say is "but-but-but Obama and welfare!!!".

You lot are so drunk on your koolaid you can't even see a crime 2 inches in front of your face.

And note the criminals getting a pass. If this was a teenager with grass I"m sure the prosecutor would throw the book at them. But they'll look the other way for Corbett's gas/oil buddies.

Must be nice to be. You don't have to follow any pollution laws, clean water regulations, and you don't even get prosecuted when you're caught red handed in the act of harboring and transporting illegals across the country.

They won't hire anyone local because they are all on welfare?

How about they won't hire anyone locally BECAUSE THEY'D RATHER PAY $2/hr FOR MEXICANS??

Lester Shoff said...

I hope the company is punished to the full extent of the law. We have legal workers that would love to have a good-paying job. When I break the law, I am punished and would like to see the same for this unlawful company.

Anonymous said...

They were doing the same thing locally. Bringing in Mexicans that didn't speak a word of English and paying them cash. You won't convince me they were legal. The guy paying them the cash told me they could pay a Mexican for an entire week what would cost them for only 2 days to pay a local person. Hire locals...yea right !They would work them like dogs sending them up and down these mountains. When they would quit there would be others to replace them in no time.

Anonymous said...


Looks like the truth is slowly leaking out, just like the deadly chemicals are slowly leaking into the ground.

The already rich are getting richer and the rest of us get the PRIVILEGE of suffering so they can get a little more money.

When are you people going to wake up and realize what is happening?

Anonymous said...

But, but, but, Obama and welfare... You republicans and your uninformed finger pointing make me sick.

Anonymous said...

I'd be willing to bet that 99%+ of the jobs being held in our state for Natural Gas Operations are being held by either locals or by U.S. Citizens. Yet, here are all the Dems flying out of the wood work with the "Told you So!"

You guys are good at taking what I would call a "less than 1% issue" and making it a national crisis! "We need more laws, we need more regulations....I told you this would happen!!!"

For crying out loud, take a hike!

The reason there is a settlement and not a criminal suit is because it's a Texas company breaking a law in another state. This is how it works, this is how it always has worked, and always will. You want "Change".....Call your almighty leader.

7:30 -- 99% of the companies abide by the laws, regulations, and rules set forth by our state government to the fullest extent that is humanly possible. If they do not, they are punished accordingly. These companies deal with disgruntled employees, lazy workers, or inexperienced laborers that can do damage before they released from their positions. It's called human error...are you so perfect? However, my point everyone honest and law abiding? (reference 1%) No...But most are.

7:57....Would you rather us buy our energy from the Chinese? You do realize that these people heat your homes and allow you to cook food right? Unless you're all electric of course...but they're not perfect either let me tell you.

Anonymous said...


Why do we EXPORT OUT of the US almost as much oil/gasoline as we import?