Buying Texas Oil at New Mexico Prices: Majors Go West for Shale

Buying Texas Oil at New Mexico Prices: Majors Go West for Shale
Oil producers discouraged by the rising cost of accessing the vast deposits of the Permian Basin are sneaking into a geological back door, through neighboring New Mexico.

Cobb, who also owns a food-processing company in town that makes products for Kraft Heinz Co., said he’s now competing with the oil industry for workers.

“But that’s good," the mayor said. “I’ll always take the challenges of a good economy versus one of not."

Even the rivalry with economic-development counterparts in Texas is getting a boost after vaulting past Oklahoma for oil output in the state, Vierck said.

"New Mexico is not that well known for energy production," he said. "We’re definitely an important part of the Permian."

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