Observer Podcast Episode 12: How a Fracking Oil Boom Transformed Cotulla, TX


The Brush Country Museum in Cotulla, TX. PHOTO BY BILLY HATHORN

What happens to a sleepy, Texas town when technological advances in oil extraction transform it into the epicenter of an oil boom?  To find out, I sat down with freelance writer Alex Hannaford to discuss his most recent Observer article, “A ‘Black Gold’ Rush in Cotulla.” Find out what lengths Pizza Hut will go to in order to serve a hungry army of oil workers. Hear why Cotulla’s roughest natives won’t head to local watering holes after dark anymore.

Further reading: “No Country For Young Men” is another piece by Alex Hannaford’s that describes a Canadian town similarly transformed by an oil boom.

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