Anecdotes are no substitute for hard data. But when they start to reach a critical mass and they all tell the same story, you know something big is going on.
A longtime car salesman relocates to south Texas to capitalize on the soaring demand for truckers to haul sand to hydraulic fracturing sites across the Eagle Ford shale formation.
Nearby, the Corpus Christi Independent School District can’t find bus drivers, who are getting paid a lot more to cart sand.
— Workers pour into Williston, N.D., drawn by offers of six-figure salaries for jobs connected with the Bakken shale formation. Even though housing development is skyrocketing, the Wal-Mart parking lot looks like an RV park, packed with campers providing temporary living quarters until housing construction catches up with demand.
— There is no oil-and-gas drilling in Idaho, but Fleetwood Homes has been ramping up production and hiring workers to build pre-fab homes for shipment to the Bakken oil
I predict within the next 10 years, the U.S. will no longer have to import crude oil and will be able to export natural gas