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Life in the Barnett Shale: Energy, Jobs, Growth

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 27, 2012

Local businessman Tim Osborn says that when he was a schoolboy growing up in North Texas, his hometown probably didn’t have more than 250 people. Today the area is vibrant, with 10 times that number living there. Work is plentiful, housing is booming and there’s room to grow – thanks to the oil and natural gas industry and the energy-rich Barnett Shale.

The area about 30 miles north of Dallas is thriving with oil and natural gas development in the Barnett Shale providing the magnet for other kinds businesses and industries. “The reason it has grown is the oil and gas business,” says Osborn, president of CBA Automation, an electrical and instrumentation contractor. “We have other industries moving here because this is a prospering area.”

Others are doing well, too. Check out this video detailing the oil and natural gas industry’s positive impacts on life in North Texas:

Here’s a slideshow that also helps capture the way of life in the Barnett Shale:


Mark Green joined API after a career in newspaper journalism, including 16 years as national editorial writer for The Oklahoman in the paper’s Washington bureau. Mark also was a reporter, copy editor and sports editor. He earned his journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University. He and his wife Pamela live in Occoquan, Va., where they enjoy their four grandchildren.