This is a copy/paste from the milliondollarway blog , the material was in the Lubbock paper.. don
Sweetwater, TX: About a year ago, talk began circulating in this West Texas town about a huge oil-producing formation called the Cline Shale, east of the traditional drilling areas around Midland.
Then the oilmen and their rigs arrived. Now homes and hotels are sprouting, “help wanted” signs have multiplied, and a major drilling company has cleared land to build an office and equipment yard.
“It is coming, and it is big,” said Greg Wortham, the mayor of Sweetwater, who also serves as executive director of the Cline Shale Alliance, a new economic development group.
The Cline Shale, thousands of feet underground in a roughly 10-county swath, is just one of many little-tapped shale formations in Texas and across the nation, geologists say. That means the potential for oil and gas discoveries is theoretically huge, and the reason is technology. The rock-breaking process known as hydraulic fracturing, coupled with the ability to drill horizontally underground, has allowed drillers to retrieve oil and gas from previously inaccessible areas.
Many shales will be too expensive or too small to develop, especially if oil prices fall or environmental regulations tighten. But in Texas, which is already the top oil-producing state, bullishness about a new era is pervasive.
It's a great article.
Does this sound familiar:
Cities with fast-developing shales may find it hard to keep up with the boom.
If the Cline Shale gets going, “Where are the workers going to be? Where are you going to put them?” asked Diana Davids Hinton, a professor of history at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and a co-author of Oil in Texas. Already, she noted, Midland’s hotels and schools are full.
In Sweetwater, Wortham acknowledged that housing remained a concern. However, he said, the schools and roads were well prepared, partly because the area had already experienced a build-
Seems the Permian will be busy for years, same as your neck of the woods.
When I turn on the CNBC noise, blah, blah, blah, "new normal", "central banks printing money", blah, blah, blah, "jobs bad, housing good", blah, blah, blah, "Europe malaise", "China slowdown", "sell in May", "market corrects"..... Seems the noise has been the same for a couple of years, I would bet if I turned it off for a couple of years, would still hear the same things when I turned it on again. Still some buys out there but maybe not the "market".
On the "sell in May" phenom, Hulbert said if I heard correctly that he looked at data back to the 17th century. Can't beat that, sell today and buy back on Halloween.