pecOS, Texas (KMID) –If you ordered anything online, bought food at a restaurant, filled your car with gas, or bought anything at the grocery store; Chances are, a truck driver helped you deliver the product itself. The question arises: What do we do if truck drivers go on strike?
Statistics don’t lie
According to Trucking.org in 2019, trucks transported 72.5% of the nation’s freight. And, statin.com lists deliveries at 10.23 billion tons of cargo, 3.13 billion tons via Fed Ex, 129.9 billion tons of USPS and 53.5 billion tons from UPS for 2019. But, How will that affect us in the Permian Basin?
Steps to rural approach
In the far west of Texas, rural communities tend to depend on delivery for their purchases. Large chain/grocery stores are uncommon in areas like Balmorhea and Pecos. Most of these smaller communities appreciate their Amazon shipping and make good use of their Prime subscriptions. A strike could deal a blow to those who rely on their delivery service to pick up packages they normally don’t have access to. Getting from Pecos to Odessa is an hour’s drive and not necessarily the most convenient way to buy groceries at home.
United by Petrol
But a strike would have implications that could create a problem in the Permian basin and would spread to the rest of the world. The larger Permian basin accounts for nearly 40% of all oil production in the United States and nearly 15% of its natural gas production, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. A strike would make the supply of these petrochemicals nearly impossible. Production of commodities such as natural gas and petroleum products will be halted almost immediately due to delayed deliveries.
A strike means stopping production.
Criselda Lujan, ML Construction. Inc.
According to Criselda Lujan of ML Construction (a company that trades in pipe, water and other oilfield products) “a strike could mean a stoppage of production”. This would put the Permian basin and its oilfield environs into the “pandemic infancy.” For the rest of the country, that could lead to increased fuel and product costs. In an industry that is slowly recovering from a recession, the oil field in west Texas could take another bad blow.
West Texas Gusto
However, the people of the Permian Basin have weathered many storms related to the life of the oil field. The ups and downs, the downturn, and everything in between have made up a group of resilient Texans who can weather this pretend scenario with the dignity and strength that comes from living, growing, and thriving in this environment. this desert school. Growing up in west Texas and learning how to survive droughts, dust storms, and the economic fluctuations of oilfields and ranch life, build a passion. West Texas Gusto. And, for this pretend strike, let’s all remember to pay our respects to those of us who have dedicated their lives to providing products that help our lives. better.
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