An article on the front page of the New York Times is titled “Oil Recovers, but Not Its Jobs. Automation Reduces Need for Blue-collar Workers.” Those who insist on doubting that whole professions are being automated away should feel free to Google it.
This will not have any sort of an adverse effect on drilling, of course. The importance of oil was never about jobs but about the enormous geopolitical influence it gives. The workers, in the meanwhile, will go on GBI and will be happy and grateful as long as they can watch illegal Mexicans bein hunted down by raids.