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Mary Schaper
Posted April 8, 2014

Oil Boom Brings Population Jump

San Antonio Express-News: The oil and gas boom brought about by new drilling technology is drawing people to shale plays like iron filings to magnets.

New census data show a population surge as the oil boom draws workers and families to oil fields around the country. Some of the nation's fastest-growing communities include Midland and Odessa in the Permian Basin and three cities near North Dakota's Bakken Shale field: Williston, Dickinson and Minot. The rapid increase in drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale has spilled into San Antonio.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mary Schaper is a Digital Communications Manager for the American Petroleum Institute. She previously worked on Capitol Hill for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee as Digital Director and for Senator Lisa Murkowski. Before coming to D.C., she spearheaded digital strategy for Murkowski's successful Senate write-in campaign in 2010. Schaper enjoys traveling and taking in the local culture alongside her husband, their son and loyal springer spaniel.