Stories & Essays: Border Energy: border_03

T.J. Ramos, owner of Sterling Money Services, takes a phone call at his business Tuesday, May 6, 2014 in Carrizo Springs, Texas. Ramos, a Laredo native, commutes nearly an hour each way to run his check cashing service, which maintains a steady flow of business from natural gas workers in the region.

T.J. Ramos, owner of Sterling Money Services, takes a phone call at his business Tuesday, May 6, 2014 in Carrizo Springs, Texas. Ramos, a Laredo native, commutes nearly an hour each way to run his check cashing service, which maintains a steady flow of business from natural gas workers in the region.