When hydraulic fracturing opened up thousands of natural gas wells around Pinedale in the mid-2000s, hundreds of energy workers descended upon the area — all looking for a place stay. The demand for housing was just too much for the area to handle.
Think of oil and gas towns and family-oriented probably doesn't come to mind. They're more likely to conjured images of transient workers, crime and RV parks. But plenty of oilfield workers do move to town with their families
Verne Waldner bought the Conoco Service Station in Wamsutter Wyoming back in 1973. There wasn’t much to the town then, and there still isn’t. Wamsutter sits off Interstate 80 and has a current population of just under 500. But Verne says that isolation has made his station an essential outpost for drivers passing through for decades.
Oil prices have been in freefall in recent months, dropping by more than half since June. For energy states, that’s bad news. The American West has a long tradition of booms and busts, and in some states, like North Dakota and Wyoming, they continue to be a defining feature of the economy. But do they have to be?
The State of Wyoming may be getting into the coal export business.