Business: Booming Times for Driilers

A rush to dig for energy after oil and gas prices are deregulated

Giant semitrailer trucks groaning under loads of heavy oil-drilling equipment churn up dust on the dirt roads of Evanston, Wyo. On the high buttes surrounding the town, tall trapezoidal rigs often push drilling bits 15,000 ft. and more into the earth in search of oil and natural gas. More than 100 wells are already in operation in the area, some of them pumping oil from directly beneath Main Street.

Scenes similar to the one in Evanston are now being played out in such...

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