In the West Texas oil patch, a boom in drilling has led to a growing number of earthquakes

Dec 28, 2022
After multiple near-record Texas earthquakes, oil and gas regulators say they’re stepping up efforts to reduce quakes triggered by industry activity.
A truck travels through the West Texas oil patch. Earthquakes that have rocked the region have been tied to the area's booming oil industry.
Mitch Borden

Cactus poachers are picking the Texas desert clean of rare species

Feb 21, 2022
The lucrative cactus black market is booming, and many species are threatened with extinction.
Karen Little, manager of the Sul Ross State University greenhouse, holds a rare Pelecyphora aselliformis cactus, seized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service en route to markets overseas.
Zoe Kurland

In rural West Texas, there's a scramble to keep ambulances running

Feb 4, 2022
After the loss of a local provider, officials are working to make sure paramedics will still show up when people call 911.
Greg Henington, a local EMS and fire chief in rural Brewster County, is leading a task force focused on finding a new ambulance provider for part of the county.
Travis Bubenik

The name of the game in West Texas oil and gas these days: consolidation

Dec 22, 2020
The Diamondback-QEP deal demonstrates the urge to merge while energy prices are weak.
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Midland, Texas, had fastest growth in pay last year

Nov 20, 2019
It outperformed San Francisco, New York City and Los Angeles.
An oil boom in the Permian Basin has attracted a lot of workers. Above, an oil drill is viewed near a construction site for homes and office buildings in 2015 in Midland, Texas.
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In Texas oil town, high times, but low housing supply

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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