14 episodes

In a rugged corner of West Texas, billionaire wildcatters and roughnecks are fueling an oil boom so big it’s reshaping our climate, our economy, and our geopolitics. This modern-day gold rush has sent both big oil companies and scrappy start-ups scrambling to secure a piece of the action. Texas Monthly’s Christian Wallace follows characters along every rung of the oil field ladder, from the executive cutting billion-dollar deals to the itinerant pipeline worker risking life and limb, and from the traveling exotic dancer following the trail of money to those who worry that our planet is on a path to destruction. Meet the people cashing in and those just trying to get by as the world around them is turned upside down.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 3.2K Ratings

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In a rugged corner of West Texas, billionaire wildcatters and roughnecks are fueling an oil boom so big it’s reshaping our climate, our economy, and our geopolitics. This modern-day gold rush has sent both big oil companies and scrappy start-ups scrambling to secure a piece of the action. Texas Monthly’s Christian Wallace follows characters along every rung of the oil field ladder, from the executive cutting billion-dollar deals to the itinerant pipeline worker risking life and limb, and from the traveling exotic dancer following the trail of money to those who worry that our planet is on a path to destruction. Meet the people cashing in and those just trying to get by as the world around them is turned upside down.

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    Introducing: State of Mind

    Introducing: State of Mind

    There’s something different about Texas. But how do you define it without resorting to cliches about cowboys and oilmen? At Texas Monthly, we think the answer is through stories — stories like the ones we’ve been telling for almost 50 years. On State of Mind, you’ll hear those stories from our talented writers and from a wide array of other Texans. Each of them is a window into the experience of life here. Join us each week for a new story about life in the Lone Star State, from the Texas Monthly team behind “Boomtown,” “One by Willie,” and “Tom Brown’s Body.”
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    • 2 min
    Boomtown Follow-up: The One-Two Punch | Chapter 12

    Boomtown Follow-up: The One-Two Punch | Chapter 12

    Christian Wallace talks to some familiar faces from the Boomtown series in an attempt to understand what happened on April 20, 2020—when oil prices went negative for the first time in history.
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    • 42 min
    The Last Frontier | Chapter 11

    The Last Frontier | Chapter 11

    Record-breaking oil production in the Permian Basin has brought the boom to the doorstep of the Big Bend for the first time. Is it too late to save this pristine landscape?

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    • 55 min
    The Mitchell Paradox | Chapter 10

    The Mitchell Paradox | Chapter 10

    No oil and gas baron since John D. Rockefeller has made more of an impact on society than George P. Mitchell. But this son of poor Greek immigrants who died a billionaire wanted to leave a legacy beyond oil and gas.

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    • 48 min
    A Dark Horizon | Chapter 9

    A Dark Horizon | Chapter 9

    Christian talks with renowned business writer Bethany McLean about how the finances of fracking aren't what they're cracked up to be.

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    • 40 min
    Wild West Texas | Chapter 8

    Wild West Texas | Chapter 8

    The uneasy alliance between ranchers and the oil industry goes all the way back to the early wildcatting days in West Texas. But today, that relationship is more fraught than ever.
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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3.2K Ratings

3.2K Ratings

wahistorian ,

Boomtowns from many perspectives

‘Boomtown’ is a fascinating look at the rise and fall of oil towns, specifically in Texas’s Permian Basin but by extension in other states, too. The series comes at the topic from some unexpected perspectives, including the tension between lifelong ranchers and oil drillers; the two episodes on sex workers were particularly eye-opening. Well worth the time.

Nanner611 ,

Boomtown

So informative yet very entertaining! So well done. Enjoyed every minute of it!

anthony sti ,

We crash

Five stars.

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