The Texas Towns That Live and Die on Oil

When oil is booming, the hotels, restaurants, and stores boom. When oil busts, businesses bust with it.

Bust Town: The Human Cost of Cheap Oil

 The residents of West Texas are accustomed to a life dependent on hydrocarbons. The small communities built into the flat desert are dotted with oil pumps and rigs, and the chemical smell of an oil field hangs in the air.

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