Tag Archives: Oil and Gas Industry

Texas Town’s Fortunes Rise And Fall With Pump Jacks And Oil Prices

The middle class has shrunk faster in Midland, Texas, than nearly anywhere else in the U.S. Overall, more people are getting rich than falling behind. But extreme booms and busts make life precarious.

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The Uphill Battle for Eminent Domain Opponents in Texas

Opponents of the planned Trans Pecos Pipeline have started raising money and consulting with legal experts for a possible battle over private property rights. While Energy Transfer, the company building the pipeline, says using eminent domain to condemn land for … Continue reading

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Ran Off The Rig: An Oil Worker’s Diary

PRODUCER’S NOTE: When oil prices fall, like they’ve done over the last six months, one of the first things oil companies do is cut back on workers and on the number of drilling rigs. That’s happening around the country: There are about half … Continue reading

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Pipeline Company Landmen Approaching West Texas Landowners

A group of energy companies in the U.S. and Mexico is looking to build two sizeable natural gas pipelines in West Texas that would pump gas to power plants across the border. We spoke with Big Bend Sentinel reporter Sasha von … Continue reading

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A contract crew drills an oil well for Elevation Resources in Andrews County, north of Odessa. (Travis Bubenik / KXWT)

Midland-Odessa Stays Positive, but Oil Price Drop Won’t Be Easy

The falling price of oil is great news for consumers who are saving at the gas pumps, but in the center of the nation’s highest-producing oil field, cheaper gas means the economy’s hurting. Drilling is already slowing down, and people … Continue reading

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End of the Road for the Tumbleweed?

You’re driving on the interstate on a windy West Texas day and all of a sudden out of the corner of your eye, you see something barreling across the road.  Before you can react, it hits your car.  You’ve just … Continue reading

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From Pipeline to Pump, How Gasoline Gets to Your Car

By now, the initial surprise over low gas prices has worn off. But people looking for the very best deals might have noticed a trend: small, unbranded gas stations are often the first to cut prices. Many of them continue … Continue reading

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San Angelo City Council Keeps Its Distance from Frac Sand Debate

City council members in San Angelo have voted down a proposed resolution to “acknowledge the considerable public opposition” to franc sand businesses within city limits. On Tuesday, council members said they’ve received hundreds of phone calls from San Angelo residents … Continue reading

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Prison Bus Wreck a Reminder of Dangerous West Texas Roads

State authorities say icy roads likely caused Wednesday’s prison bus wreck just west of Odessa that killed 10 people when the bus ran off an I-20 overpass and hit a train. The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the … Continue reading

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Balmorhea Water: A Family Divides Over Water Sales To Permian Basin

The 75 heirs of a legacy Texas homesteading family are divided. One side wants to keep the water under a total of 11 thousand acres just north of Balmorhea, the other side is selling their water for fracking. It’s a scenario … Continue reading

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