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Fayetteville Shale boom gone bust; glory days’ jobs, cash now history

By Jessica Seaman

This article was originally published July 17, 2016 at 5:59 a.m. Updated July 18, 2016 at 5:45 a.m.

Verlon Abram stands near one of the many natural-gas wells on his property in Cleburne County. Though his royalty checks are shrinking, “the gas companies were good to me,” Abram says.

Verlon Abram built this 22-acre lake fi ve years ago to sell water to energy companies working in the Fayetteville Shale. He recouped the $127,000 cos...

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He drives his red pickup off the paved road and onto a dirt path before coming to a stop at a lake.

Verlon Abram built this 22-acre lake fi ve years ago to sell water to energy companies working in the Fayetteville Shale. He recouped the $127,000 cos...

Graph showing the Rig count in Fayetteville Shale



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Nodmcm says... July 17, 2016 at 8:48 a.m.

Well, the great thing is that although a handful of people in north-central Arkansas have lost income and jobs, the rest of us are having better lives because of cheaper energy. From our gas heating bills in the winter, to our vehicular fuel expenses, we are all saving money we can spend on other things. Exxon-Mobil, Chesapeake Energy and the other big energy companies are doing just fine, if they are not making record profits as they did for years and years and years. Let's hope the energy prices stay low for the rest of our lives. Do you really want to pay more for natural gas and fuel for your truck or car? When some lose economically, often others win. Remember, with capitalism, there are winners and losers. This time, there are many more winners than losers. This time.

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DoubleBlind says... July 17, 2016 at 8:53 a.m.

I don't blame Abram or others for benefiting from the boom times. It doesn't change, however, the very long-term negative environmental impacts of fracking. What a shame for Arkansas. We are so shortsighted when it comes to environmental issues.

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Jackabbott says... July 17, 2016 at 9:24 a.m.

The oil and gas industry has its ups and downs for years, that is part of the boom and bust cycle. The modern world runs on energy and lots of it, that is not going to change. Solar will help but it is only bit player, since nuclear has been taken out of the picture because some people are afraid of modern technology, you are only left with a few options.

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LR1955 says... July 17, 2016 at 11:39 a.m.

No one really knows what the long term results of all the fricking fracking are going to be, I'm glad the industry helped some areas and individuals but glad it's stopped. Friends in the Greenbrier ares have told stories of the noise, night lights, stink, and tremors!

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TravisBickle says... July 18, 2016 at 2:18 p.m.

No more frickin' frackin' and no more earthquakes!

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Garylmorris says... July 18, 2016 at 2:56 p.m.

Very well crafted piece

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