The number of drill rigs operating in the San Juan and Permian basins has dropped from 85 to 60 over the past year, and state energy Secretary David Martin said each rig directly employs 50 workers and another 50 to 70 in support jobs.
The figures come at a time when the energy sector is dramatically slowing its activity in Texas amid falling oil prices, prompting some concern about whether public entities that have grown accustomed to oil money could feel the pinch as production slows.
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