The oil boom in Texas: growing health care needs, no housing for doctors, more need for food aid

How is the oil boom affecting the quality of life in the Eagle Ford area of Texas? According to a recent article in the San Antonio Express-News, "...the oil boom is straining health care, education and social services." Here are some of the report's findings:

  • health care centers are losing administrative staff to the oil companies.
  • clinics are seeing a spike in sexually transmitted diseases.
  • it is difficult to attract health care professionals to the region because of a severe housing shortage.
  • there are more homeless students.
  • the San Antonio Food Bank, which serves 16 counties, is seeing a rising number of requests for food from families and seniors in the Eagle Ford Shale who are struggling with higher prices for housing and services.

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Amy Mall

Senior Policy Analyst, Land & Wildlife program

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