I was actually joking about this part. I recall seeing mountains off in the distance in B'fied. In Midland, the scenery is basically sagebrush, mesquite trees and pumpjacks. The two things you notice if you fly into Midland is (a) the landscape is dotted with oil well spacing units...it looks like a checkerboard where all the squares have been randomly shaken onto the floor, and (b) the only place that there are trees (other than mesquite bushes) are where they have been planted around houses, parks, golf courses, etc.
Yeah, in Bakersfield most of the big oil fields are either north of town or a ways out west on the opposite side of the valley.