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Lawmaker shares in gas industry wealth

Representative Dan Boren (left), chatting with state Senator Richard Lerblance, has been a good friend to the industry. Representative Dan Boren (left), chatting with state Senator Richard Lerblance, has been a good friend to the industry. (brandon thibodeaux/the new york times)
By Eric Lipton
New York Times / December 4, 2011
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Gas money is transforming vast stretches of Oklahoma. Here, 40 miles west of the state capital, crews work through the night drilling new wells deep into the earth, and a small army of laborers rips through just-planted fields of winter wheat to install miles of gas pipeline. The spreading wealth from gas fields has also benefited Rep. Dan Boren, a Democrat who has deep family ties to the industry - and has acted as one of its best friends on Capitol Hill.

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