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News by Date: November 2017

Untapped: The New West Texas

This piece is Part 1 of our Untapped series about the new West Texas. The Permian Basin in West Texas leads the nation in oil and gas production. Midland and Odessa have long been the heart of this industrialized desert. But oil and gas development is expanding outward. In the past year,...

New Demand, Same Old Story: West Texans And Their Water

This piece is Part 4 of our Untapped series about the new West Texas. In arid West Texas, where rain is infrequent and rivers and lakes are few, groundwater – water from sources beneath the surface of the earth – is key to survival. And as the oil and gas industry in the Permian Basin...

A Tourist Town Reckons With An Energy Boom

This piece is Part 3 of our Untapped series about the new West Texas. For generations, Texans have visited the desert oasis of San Solomon Springs for recreation, refreshment and rejuvenation. And for almost as long, the springs have powered the economy of the tiny town that sits next to...

Despite A "Downturn," West Texas Oil Production Headed For A Record High

This piece is Part 2 of our Untapped series about the new West Texas. It was almost three years ago when the oil industry took a nosedive. The headlines told stories of lost jobs and struggling towns,but now, despite the continued downturn, things seem better. At...

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