Burning excess natural gas can be less costly than figuring out a way to use it, but the practice spurs climate change and hurts air quality.
It outperformed San Francisco, New York City and Los Angeles.
Analysts have raised questions about the limits of shale oil wells in the United States.
The market for McCulloch County sand has been drying up.
Will there be other deals like it?
Midland, which has only one homeless shelter with 20 beds but 264 homeless people, is resistant to government aid for its needy residents.
Midland, in the heart of the Permian Basin, struggles to house workers and even longtime residents.
Midland, Texas, is doing well with high oil prices but having trouble retaining teachers for its public schools.
Times are good in the Permian Basin, but schools and roads still need improvement.
In Midland, Texas, the gap between rich and poor is evident at every turn.