Regional Report: Permian/Anadarko ///

The bumper sticker reads “Carpe oleum” (seize the oil), and it is westbound on Texas 302, heading for Kermit. The sticker, and the truck it is attached to, are quickly lost in the hodgepodge of pickups, logging units, water haulers, welders and other oil patch traffic that constitutes the morning rush hour, in what is typically one of the least populated parts of Texas. Lost, but not forgotten, the westbound witticism reflects the intensity of mood and activity across the country, and, with particular fervor, in two venerable basins—the Permian and the Anadarko.

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