Energy Reporting

Texas boomtowns have gone bust with oil

The logistics operators, truckers, and mechanics who keep oil fields pumping crude will not only leave behind the pump jacks but also grocery stores, boutiques and restaurants in rural West Texas that depend on the influx of workers. Entering what could be the worst bust the Permian Basin has ever seen, locals are hunkering down, cutting expenses and trying to survive until, they emphasize — not if — oil prices bounce back.

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