• September 25, 2020

Odessa American: Features


Families driven away by oil boom

Fed up residents say Midland-Odessa leaders have struggled to provide community essentials amid the Permian Basin’s flourishing economy and it is forcing some to reconsider their place of residence.

Wednesday 01/30/2019
Documentary shows boom’s environmental effects
Posted: January 30, 2019

While the ongoing oil and gas boom may be great news for the economy, a new documentary shows some of the more negative effects the boom can have on the environment and infrastructure as Permian Basin energy companies continue churning away.

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Thursday 01/17/2019
Don Evans joins Permian Basin coalition
Posted: January 17, 2019

The Permian Strategic Partnership announced Thursday the former U.S. Secretary of Commerce under President George W. Bush will serve as the organization’s chairman amidst efforts to improve the development and quality of life in the Permian Basin.

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Thursday 12/06/2018
Oilfield Helping Hands returns to Permian Basin
Posted: December 06, 2018

Jay Miller knows the direct impact of Oilfield Helping Hands.

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Thursday 11/29/2018
Rescue, gas training in instructor’s repertoire
Posted: November 29, 2018

Different types of rescue and safety training are Dean McCann’s game.

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Sunday 10/14/2018
Leach is Oil Show’s 2018 honoree
Posted: October 14, 2018

When Tim Leach arrived in Midland with a petroleum engineering degree almost 37 years ago, he was impressed with the oilmen he was meeting but doubted he would ever be on an equal footing with them.

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Castle heading up oil show
Posted: October 14, 2018

Steve Castle basically grew up in the oilfield.

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2018 PBIOS Visitors Guide
Posted: October 14, 2018

To the thousands of visitors from around the world who will be in Odessa this week for the Permian Basin International Oil Show we wish you a hardy welcome.

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Show attracts those from around the world
Posted: October 14, 2018

Every two years, the Permian Basin International Oil Show attracts companies from around the world to the Ector County Coliseum.

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Try some day trips while in the area
Posted: October 14, 2018

Since you are already in the area, try a few of the areas close to Odessa for some fun and games and a bit of sand.

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Need a room? Yikes and good luck
Posted: October 14, 2018

Booking a hotel room during the Oil Show might be considered a lesson in supply-and-demand driven consumer pricing.

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Boom goes the Basin
Posted: October 14, 2018

The Permian Basin International Oil Show returns on Tuesday and one message ringing loud and clear is that the Permian Basin is back in business.

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PBIOS 2018
Posted: October 14, 2018

Oil show has long history in Odessa In 1940, nobody expected a little oil show at Floyd Gwin Park to become what it is today. The show was called "Little International Oil Show" and was really for local businesses to show new products. It also started off a tradition of shows that has gone more than 70 years. There were some years during the Second World War when the oil show was not going on. The show moved from the park to a small building behind the Ector County Coliseum in the late '50s or early '60s. It later moved into the coliseum area and a barn behind the coliseum. It progressed to the buildings outside of the coliseum in buildings A through G. The show now covers most of the coliseum area and barns.  

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Thursday 04/12/2018
Texas is making billions from oil and gas drilling, but counties say rural roads are being destroyed
Posted: April 12, 2018

W.C. Steinmann says his family roots in southeast Texas date back to 1882.

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Saturday 03/17/2018
Hotel building resumes as rates, occupancy climb
Posted: March 17, 2018

A few years ago, hotelier Amit Garg decided to delay plans to build a new hotel in Odessa. The oil workers he would need to rely on as guests for weeks at a time were being laid off by the thousands, and the local hotel industry as a whole suffered sharp drops in occupancy and room rates.

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Friday 12/15/2017
UTPB grad ready to jump back into oil and gas industry
Posted: December 15, 2017

When Fatmiah Adelekan graduates with her master’s degree in geology from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin Saturday she will have achieved one of her long-time goals.

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Sunday 10/29/2017
Photo of first rotary drilling rig in West Texas surfaces
Posted: October 29, 2017

Oil drilling in the Permian Basin has made great advancements due to technological growth, making room for automation and cutting down the amount of workers needed.

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Sunday 12/18/2016
Oil workers anticipate continued recovery in standout region
Posted: December 18, 2016

The business of building well pads grinds almost to a halt when the drilling stops.

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Saturday 12/10/2016
Study finds drop in Odessa wages
Posted: December 10, 2016

State and federal data fail to capture stark drops in wages for Odessa workers during the oil bust of the past two years, a recent study commissioned by the Odessa Development Corporation found.

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Sunday 10/16/2016
Oil show and tell at the Petroleum Museum
Posted: October 16, 2016

A lot has changed in two years since the Permian Basin International Oil Show converged on the West Texas oil patch.

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Permian Basin International Oil Show will go on despite bust
Posted: October 16, 2016

Nobby Grona’s company Nobster’s Hot Shot Service made it through the waiting list for the Permian Basin International Oil Show during the last event in 2014, when the region was still enjoying an oil boom, albeit one about to see a rapid decline. This year, the Odessa businessman says he is planning to exhibit again this week, two years into a bust.

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2016 PBIOS visitor's guide
Posted: October 16, 2016

To the thousands of visitors from around the world who will be in Odessa this week for the Permian Basin International Oil Show we say “welcome.”

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Historic San Antonio metal works business plans PBIOS exhibit
Posted: October 16, 2016

In the late 1800s, local deliveries were made by wagon pulled by a mule named Beck. Today Alamo Iron Works drivers leave the San Antonio hub carrying products to hundreds of towns across the southern half of Texas, logging millions of miles a year.

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Odessan’s story intertwined with oilfield
Posted: October 16, 2016

W.T. “Dub” Riley started out in life to be a cowboy and no doubt would have been if his father hadn’t moved in 1944 to Odessa, where he found himself in the midst of the oil industry and ended up making a success of it.

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Saturday 10/01/2016
Take a day trip while in the Permian Basin
Posted: October 01, 2016

There are several areas that visitors to the Permian Basin might want to check out while in town for the oil show.

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PBIOS 2016
Posted: October 01, 2016

The 2016 Permian Basin International Oil Show kicks off Tuesday. Here's a look at the state of the show, a guide for visitors and more.

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Sunday 09/18/2016
Optimistic about oil
Posted: September 18, 2016

Describe the climate of the oil industry in a single word and currently that would be: Optimistic.

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Sunday 06/12/2016
Despite oil bust, Midland is still bustling
Posted: June 12, 2016
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Sunday 05/29/2016
At the top of Texas, Perryton offers lessons in oil bust survival
Posted: May 29, 2016
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Sunday 05/01/2016
Report: Illegal emissions pollute sky
Posted: May 01, 2016

Air pollution in Ector County and the West Texas oilfields stands out as a problem as hundreds of industrial facilities in the state illegally give off millions of pounds of toxic emissions during routine maintenance or breakdowns, a recent study by a pair of environmental groups found.

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Sunday 04/17/2016
In Texas drilling country, oil plunge means too many rooms at the inn
Posted: April 17, 2016
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Study: Oil activity may be cause of quakes
Posted: April 17, 2016
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Friday 04/01/2016
Updated Petroleum Museum opens Saturday
Posted: April 01, 2016

The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum will have a grand opening of new exhibits on Saturday after a two-year $18 million renovation that overhauled its petroleum section.

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Sunday 03/20/2016
Bust hits booze sales
Posted: March 20, 2016

Ripples of the oil bust started to hit booze sales in Ector County during the last five months of 2015, when state data show a nearly 19 percent drop from the same period of the prior year.

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Sunday 02/21/2016
As strapped companies sell assets, others see opportunity
Posted: February 21, 2016

Rows of 18-wheelers, cranes, flatbeds and other oilfield equipment filled a lot off Business 20 on a recent day, assets that organizers at Machinery Auctioneers said came from struggling oil and gas companies who needed quick cash.

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Sunday 02/07/2016
PBIOS organizers plan biennial show amid an oil bust
Posted: February 07, 2016

Organizers of the Permian Basin International Oil Show, for the first time in years, have open spots for exhibitors ahead of the fall show as some companies pulled out amid the oil bust.

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Sunday 01/24/2016
‘Everyone’s focus right now: Maintain without going out of business’
Posted: January 24, 2016

Tommy Southall had to lay off half of his 80 workers last year at his company, Energy Fabrication, based in the 3700 block of Kermit Highway. He says he believes, and hopes, that the layoffs are over.

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Sunday 01/10/2016
This bust is different
Posted: January 10, 2016

This bust isn’t like the 1980s, despite the obvious pain in Odessa and the broader region among people who lost a job or saw their income slashed.

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In Big Lake, residents are riding out the latest oil bust
Posted: January 10, 2016

BIG LAKE (AP) The week before Christmas, restaurant owner Terry Stevens warmly shook hands with oil workers and wished them a happy holiday as they walked out the door, some possibly for the last time.

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Sunday 10/18/2015
Company owner talks survival
Posted: October 18, 2015

Wayne “Butch” Gilliam sees the desperation on the West Texas Investors Club, the TV show airing on Tuesdays since August. But, of course, it’s an intentional part of the production that pairs oddball businessmen pitching their gizmos to rich, beer-swilling, hardscrabble West Texans in hopes of landing an investment.

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Sunday 09/20/2015
Mom and pop businesses feel ripple effect of downturn
Posted: September 20, 2015

Cat Well Service’s workover rigs drilled through a freshly cemented well north of Midland in September, the sort of well maintenance work that many of private oilfield businesses in Odessa and Midland rely on.

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Sunday 09/06/2015
Oil show focuses on efficiency
Posted: September 06, 2015

Organizers of an upcoming oil show said they hope the depressed oil prices will help exhibitors and attendees by turning a focus toward efficiency.

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Sunday 08/23/2015
Downturn brings spike in oilfield crime
Posted: August 23, 2015

The crew from Liberty Fishing and Rental Tools returned to a well near Snyder last week and noticed they’d been hit.

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Sunday 08/16/2015
County seeks to punt on fuel-tank clean up
Posted: August 16, 2015

Ector County stopped using its five fuel tanks to pump gas into government vehicles almost a year ago, opting instead to issue fleet cards for employees to use at private gas stations.

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Friday 08/14/2015
Drilling increases amid lowest prices in six years
Posted: August 14, 2015

Drilling continued to pick up in the Permian Basin during the past week, but producers grappling with the lowest prices since the Great Recession six years ago look to backpedal as the prospect of a deepening downturn grows.

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Sunday 08/09/2015
‘Making ends meet’ at $40 oil
Posted: August 09, 2015

Forty dollar oil looks like a lone rig on vast lease just past the Andrews County line, where five roughnecks drill a vertical well, making less money but happy they still have jobs.

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Sunday 08/02/2015
Sewell adds Wichita Falls
Posted: August 02, 2015

Odessa auto dealer Collin Sewell will open a Toyota dealership in Wichita Falls on Monday, representing an effort to diversify beyond the West Texas market vulnerable to the swings of oil and gas activity.

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Friday 07/31/2015
Conaway sees export ban lift
Posted: July 31, 2015

Rep. Mike Conaway said he expectsCongress to pass legislation that would lift a crude oil export ban in September, before a presidential campaign season that outside observers say could hamstring the effort widely supported in the Permian Basin oil and gas industry.

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Thursday 07/30/2015
Permian’s biggest does more with less
Posted: July 30, 2015

Executives of Occidental Petroleum Corp., on Thursday reported finding savings by extracting more oil for less money and reinvesting that money in the Permian Basin, where the company is the biggest oil producer in the region.

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Sunday 07/26/2015
Drilling picks up in Basin
Posted: July 26, 2015

Six months ago, 24-year-old Matt Soto stared at a white board and worried how long he would keep his job at Schlumberger.

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Friday 07/24/2015
Low prices threaten to curb rising rig count
Posted: July 24, 2015

Permian Basin producers added another three rigs in the week ending Friday, according to the widely-watched Baker Hughes rig count.

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DAILY OIL PRICE: September 25

  • Crude Oil: 40.25   (-0.06).
  • Nymex MTD AVG:  39.5822.
  • Natural Gas: 2.139   (-0.109).
  • Gasoline: 1.2142   (+0.0185).
  • Spreads: November/December   (-0.26)   December/January   (-0.30).
  • Plains WTI Posting: 36.75   (0.00).
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