As oil and gas exports surge, West Texas becomes the world’s ‘extraction colony’
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Drilling booms have come and gone in this oil town for nearly a century. But the frenzy gripping it now is different. Overwhelming. Drilling rigs tower over suburban backyards. There’s a housing crunch so severe that rents are up 30 percent in the last year alone. Tax-averse city officials raised fees this spring just to keep basic services afloat. This boom is engulfing the rest of West Texas, too, extending to areas that drilling hasn’t …

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