Oh, well written. I've written about this before, when the frackers wanted to work Santa Fe County. When the oil and gas companies arrive, there are great promises of prosperity. Easy money from your property! Money for schools! But no money for infrastructure. No money to assist local governments with the 'boomtown' increase in population. No money for the extra law enforcement needed to handle the drugs, the roughneck men. No money for the roads being torn apart by heavy trucks. No money to clean anything up.
And when they leave, they leave more than one kind of wasteland; there are human wastelands also.