Data output, along with oil and gas, soars in the shale boom.
In South Texas and North Dakota, where shale drilling has propelled U.S. oil production to the highest level in 28 years, thousands of 18-wheel trucks are rumbling to wells on roads designed decades ago for farmers to bring crops to markets.
Price pressures on commodities are likely to drive more deals and private equity will likely continue to invest.
Producers cannot escape the grip of regulation.
Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter wrote to the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol with his concerns that Mexican cartels use pipeline rights of way for illegal entry into the U.S.