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Dilley, Texas: Shale Energy Helps the ‘Good Life’ Get Better

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 12, 2012

As you drive into Dilley, in the heart of the Eagle Ford Shale play in South Texas, a green road sign reads, “Pop. 3674.” The sign has some catching up to do, just as the town is doing. Dilley, which promotes itself as “a slice of the good life,” is indeed that, riding growth spurred by natural gas and oil development. More jobs, more people and demand for the things they need, which is driving overall economic growth in a place that hadn’t seen much opportunity until a year or so ago.

“This has been a plus for the city of Dilley,” says City Administrator Melissa Gonzalez, “because now with the Eagle Ford Shale, we are able to bring and promote those kind of things here in the city” – jobs, housing construction, hotels and other business growth."

Here’s a video on Dilley, energy development and the creation of opportunity:

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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.