Little Refugio County, Texas is an old ranching community. Without the oil and gas wealth of neighboring counties, it has existed predominantly on agriculture and the flow of traffic from a nearby highway — to keep it alive. But now, with production in the nearby Eagle Ford shale booming, the little community is seeing dramatic growth.
Even with no drilling taking place within the county, residents see a boost from new service companies relocating to their small town. Jobs are easy to come by, and the bigger problem they have is housing. With an influx of new residents the town of Refugio is doing all it can to attract developers and build new homes to fill the demand.
Take another look at how energy is helping to drive local economies even in areas with no drilling, no wells, and no oil wealth