For the months of February and March, we’re airing episodes of Boomtown — a series made by Texas Monthly and Imperative Entertainment. The podcast takes you inside the rugged Permian Basin of West Texas, where roughnecks and billionaire wildcatters are fueling a boom so big it’s reshaping our climate, our economy, and our geopolitics.
This week, we’re airing two episodes of the podcast back to back. You’ll hear about the eighties bust and the consequences the plummeting price of oil had on the region and its residents. Then, you’ll hear about an oilfield family who suffered unimaginable tragedy in a single accident.