The Permian Basin has proven itself to be a hot spot for oil and gas in the United States. It is reported that there has been a recent burst of oil and gas deals concentrated in West Texas' Permian Basin. This has occurred despite the downturn, and now slowly rising, prices in oil per barrel. The newly stricken deals have really emphasized how the Permian Basin is a top-shelf basin. Experts say that not only is the Permian Basin's drilling costs among the cheapest in the United States, the layers of shale drilling areas go significantly deeper underground than in other regions. With that being said, drillers have put into operation, several additional drilling rigs. As of today's date, there are more than 265 drilling rigs in the Permian Basin, accounting for more than 50% of the country's active drilling rigs.
As the shale boom continues to draw truck traffic to the South Texas oil patches, the increase in these large workhorses on rural farm to market roads present new dangers of serious and even fatal commercial vehicle accidents. The Consumer Energy Alliance, along with several oil and gas companies and truck associations, recently launched a road safety campaign to help promote safety for truck drivers and other who drive through the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale Play.