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Sanpoil
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 9:00:05 AM

MIDLAND, Texas — All along the highway that leads into this city in West Texas, the rows of black pump jacks seem endless, bobbing up and down as they pull crude oil from beneath the parched scrub desert.

The pump jacks have long been here, in good times and bad, a symbol of this city’s long status as the heart of America’s petroleum industry. Even when U.S. oil production was dropping and many feared the Permian Basin, which feeds Midland’s oil economy, was all but exhausted, the pump jacks continued their work – even when the result seemed hardly worth the effort.

Now, their up and down motion seems all but unstoppable, a symbol of an energy revolution that seems likely to transform the globe.


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NedW
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 12:38:31 AM

Thank you for submitting this article, Sanpoil.
lesndave
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 12:37:40 AM

Interesting
remay
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 11:50:35 PM

The big question is for how long?
mpg611
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 5:27:02 PM

Hopefully that means more oil, natural gas and energy independence, and NOT the religious fanaticism.
jrs4125
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 7:54:26 AM

This too shall pass.
2b0b
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 2:30:10 AM

The article was too long, but the map and rig count at the end were great.
It sound like the low price for natural gas in the US has the EU and Russia worried. Good.
brbaritone
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 5:13:54 PM

OK, great, but ... when will increased supply have a significant effect on prices? It hasn't happened yet.
Jeff1944
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 2:33:26 PM

Go North Dakotans go!
teenitup
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 12:58:41 PM

I think this is the main reason the Eco-freaks hate fracking. They just can't stand to see other people making money. But they should be happy as there's more of other people's money to be handed out to the haters.
KAR120CSII
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 12:30:18 PM

Say it ain't so --
mastermariner
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 11:47:42 AM

Good
Night Owl
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 11:31:07 AM

Sounds good.

wmderrick, you're too funny, but so right!
Lugi1967
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 10:36:25 AM

Obama should take note: Employment is a good thing and people paying taxes from working lowers the deficit spending
moosepooler
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 10:35:56 AM

hmm
BlueVanGroup
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 10:35:17 AM


Texas has almost as many rigs as all the other listed states combined.
grandmacbc
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 10:32:26 AM

maybe but there are still hurdles ahead from the anti folks
wmderrick
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 10:31:47 AM

Good news...how's that renewable energy thing working, President Obama?
MobileBat
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 10:12:57 AM

I wish this article had broken out separate information on Canada with graphs and maps as well. Interesting that Oklahoma (my original home state) has the 2nd highest drilling rig count. I would have thought North Dakota would be 2nd.
ovillaone
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 10:02:14 AM

ok
TXRanger09
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 10:01:52 AM

Hope we manage this boom well.
humblepie
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 9:59:17 AM

all the whiners here must have rode their bicycles over to grandma's house yesterday for thanksgiving, or at least i hope they did
nerde
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 9:54:13 AM

You mean no drinkable ground water like Saudi Arabia?
GasMonc
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 9:49:49 AM

So we're about to become a barren desert devoid of life because a few oil men will be getting rich for a short while.
BIGOILEATURCRUD
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 9:42:15 AM

"Drilling and fracking are expensive, and shale wells tend to decline quickly, so new drilling is constant, according to a Harvard University study."

and the supply is endless, some believe

[Edited by: BIGOILEATURCRUD at 11/29/2013 9:42:34 AM EST]
djgunrunner
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 9:28:01 AM

If we are not killing our country and we are not buying from anybody or any part of opec it is good.
CorvairHaven
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 9:24:16 AM

Safe measures must be taken.
quasar502
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 9:23:23 AM

Now let's drop that price!
pilotmass
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 9:22:22 AM

Not convinced.
Taxrefugee
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 9:21:05 AM

Nice trend. Lets just keep it safe.
gbs1
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 9:20:39 AM

More homegrown oil.
MLB2701
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 9:17:29 AM

Only time will tell
EnviroChemist
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 9:13:26 AM

Interesting article.
tigreme
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 9:10:22 AM

It's pretty amazing to think about how this happened so quickly and quietly. I still think we need to keep it here. The fact that you have to frack implies a finite quantity that will sooner or later be exhausted.
merlinCO
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 9:05:35 AM

Now the bottleneck is refining...
AVKZ
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 9:01:48 AM

No more fracking.
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