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Oil creates new demand in water-stressed New Mexico

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An older vertical pump jack sucks up crude oil outside Hobbs, New Mexico.
Mónica Ortiz Uribe
An older vertical pump jack sucks up crude oil outside Hobbs, New Mexico.

In Southeast New Mexico water is scarce and oil is plentiful, yet both are in high demand. A barrel of oil will fetch a handsome profit at today's prices and producing it creates plenty of well-paid jobs, but it also takes a lot of water.

In Southeast New Mexico water is scarce and oil is plentiful, yet both are in high demand. A barrel of oil will fetch a handsome profit at today's prices and producing it creates plenty of well-paid jobs, but it also takes a lot of water.

In the last of a three part Fronteras series on the growth of the oil industry, Mónica Ortiz Uribe reports on the competition for a finite resource.
 

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