America's energy quest brings welcome and unexpected change to life on the still-wild frontier.
By Steve Hargreaves and Amy Ambatielos

  • Boomtown bummer
    (2:35)  The influx of oil and gas workers pushes up rents and makes it hard for local business to find help.
  • Drilling's bounty
    (2:51)  Free college tuition, new school gyms and public pools are part of the payoff from new energy wealth.
  • Life on a gas rig
    (3:10)  Weather and long hours can be tough, but money and pride keep workers in the field.
  • The drill down
    (3:22)  A rancher, regulator, small businessman and rig worker see the drilling bonanza very differently.
Small town, big changes
Want more domestic energy? Take a look at how big oil and gas companies are transforming lives in a small town. more
'I do it for the money'
Working in an oilfield is lucrative work, especially considering the options out here in rural Wyoming. more
Easy come, easy go
Students get lots of cash for school while town coffers are full. But oil and gas money needs to be taxed and managed properly. more
A slice of life in energy-rich Wyoming
The race for domestic oil and gas is not only changing the landscape, but the way of life in many towns here. more
Energy Fix
America's cheapest gas is in this town
Gas prices are falling to nearly $3 a gallon in some parts of South Carolina, and that will soon be common in much of the country. More
April was a bad month at the pump for drivers, but prices could be lower by the time summer driving season kicks off at the end of this month. More
Gas prices are significantly higher and likely to go higher still, which could make this the most expensive summer at the pump in five years. More
Drivers will get a slight break at the pump this summer, according to the latest forecast from the Energy Information Administration. More

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