The Oil Boom Stops at the Mexico Border

Jose Alcala is intrigued by what could be just across the border in Mexico, where friends and relatives live and too often struggle finding jobs.

“You know, the oil doesn’t stop at the border,” he said. “It just goes on and on into Mexico.”


But the boom in oil and gas development does stop at the border, for the most part, a victim of the insecurity generated by warring drug cartels and by a Mexican energy sector that has been stunted by bureaucracy and lack of innovation, observers say.

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