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Central Texas sand mines shift west, taking jobs with them

by Andy Uhler May 13, 2019
The market for McCulloch County sand has been drying up.
BRADY, TX. January 28, 2019. The Momentive Sand Plant outside of Brady.
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What the Chevron-Anadarko deal means for Permian shale

by Jack Stewart Apr 12, 2019
Will there be other deals like it?
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Private philanthropy in Midland tries to make up for government shortfalls

by Andy Uhler May 17, 2018
Midland, which has only one homeless shelter with 20 beds but 264 homeless people, is resistant to government aid for its needy residents.
A billboard promotes the oil industry along a road in Midland on February 6, 2015 in Midland, Texas. 
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In Texas oil town, high times, but low housing supply

by Andy Uhler Apr 25, 2018
Midland, in the heart of the Permian Basin, struggles to house workers and even longtime residents.
Flags hanging in Midland, Texas. 
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Oil boom cheers Texas town, but some worry about education

by Andy Uhler Apr 25, 2018
Midland, Texas, is doing well with high oil prices but having trouble retaining teachers for its public schools.
A state-of-the-art Midland Public Library was built using sales tax money.
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Midland, Texas, is booming as oil prices rise

by Andy Uhler Apr 24, 2018
Times are good in the Permian Basin, but schools and roads still need improvement.
Workers on an oil rig in Midland, Texas, part of the Permian Basin, where output has tripled in the past three years.
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Oil prices are on the rise, but some in oil country are feeling left out

by Andy Uhler Apr 24, 2018
In Midland, Texas, the gap between rich and poor is evident at every turn.
Flags shown in Midland, Texas.
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Higher oil prices and higher output give U.S. more clout

by Andy Uhler Jan 31, 2018
Prices for West Texas crude oil are hovering around $65 a barrel. That’s more than twice the price at this time just two years ago. Oil companies, including major players like Exxon Mobil and Chevron, have let investors know they’re increasing…

Why oil companies might prefer West Texas over new offshore oil sites

by Adam Allington Apr 28, 2017
President Trump’s latest executive order seeks to open new federal waters for offshore drilling, but the most popular place for oil companies is decidedly land based – the Permian Basin in Texas. Click the audio player above to hear the…