The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Progress 2012

April 7, 2012

Northwest Oklahoma goes boom

Oil companies see sustainable growth in the area

ENID — Drive almost any major road or try to get a seat for lunch in almost every restaurant in north central Oklahoma, and one fact becomes readily evident: the oil and natural gas business is booming.

Oil and gas activity has markedly increased throughout the past year, as evidenced — if not by the crowded businesses — by the total number of drilling rigs operating in the state.

According to the Baker Hughes North American Rotary Rig Count, Oklahoma’s rig count peaked at more than 200 in 2008, then dropped to little more than 100 in 2009 and 2010.

Drilling activity began picking up in 2011, and the state’s rig count now has recovered to 200.

Busy in the field

Some of the largest increases in production activity have come in the Mississippi limestone formation in north central Oklahoma and southern Kansas.

Chesapeake Energy began horizontal drilling in the Mississippi play in Woods County in 2007. Production spreads through Woods, Alfalfa and Grant counties.

Today, according to Chesapeake’s own figures, the company is the largest producer of oil and natural gas in the Mississippi, and production is continuing to increase.

Chesapeake was operating only two rigs in the Mississippi play in 2008-09. That number increased to seven in 2011 and has jumped to 22 in the first quarter of 2012.

According to a transcript of Chesapeake’s 2011 fourth-quarter earnings conference call, the company’s production in that area in the last quarter of 2011 was up 31 percent compared to the previous quarter and 141 percent compared to the previous year.

All of that increased production is evident to county officials, and even casual observers, in the state’s north central region.

“The roads are busy, and it seems like there’s something going on in every quarter,” said Grant County Assessor Phillip McCoy. “There’s quite a bit of activity around here ... that’s pretty unusual for this area, but it’s getting to be pretty normal.”

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Progress 2012
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    The News & Eagle puts out an annual progress edition. This year's 2012 On the Horizon focuses on developments now and in the future. The stories in text format are available by scrolling down this page.

    Links to pdf format: Economic Development I Health and Wellness I Education I Northwest Oklahoma I Family I Faith I Agriculture and Energy I Community Service


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    Enid News & Eagle's 2012 On the Horizon edition concludes with the role of community service.

    Click HERE for text version of the stories.

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    April 15, 2012 1 Photo

  • Chisholm vs Okeene_6_BV.jpg Chisholm seeks consistency

    August 19, 2012 1 Photo

  • Karen Vanover_Bass Hospital Volunteer_2_BV.jpg A positive interaction

    Karen Vanover and A.Z. Callicoat are past volunteers of the year at their respective hospitals, Vanover at Integris Bass Baptist Health Center and Callicoat at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

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  • Sandbox Learning Center_Ella Mae Loggins_BV.jpg Foster Grandparents: The solver of all problems

    “It’s something to get up for in the morning." — Foster Grandparent Ella Loggins

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  • Hedges_Carmen Ball_3_BV.jpg Hear this

    Hedges is committed to improving communications skills for those in need in northwest Oklahoma.
    Executive Director Carmen Ball said Hedges is the only full-service speech and hearing center in northwest Oklahoma.

    April 14, 2012 3 Photos

  • Stephanie Ezzell_BV.jpg Doing their part for the community

    Stephanie Ezzell is active in the community in a number of capacities, including the popular Farmers Market, on the southeast corner of Grand and Garriott.

    April 14, 2012 1 Photo

  • Keepin' Enid Green_1_BV.jpg Sorting out the service

    The curbside recycling business began after Chris Feeney of Oklahoma Employment Securities’ Material Recovery, a recycling venture, repeatedly was asked why the option wasn’t available.

    April 14, 2012 2 Photos

  • ESL_Emmanuel Baptist Church_4_BV.jpg Learning the language

    Volunteers at Emmanuel Baptist Church stepped up to fill that gap with free ESL instruction last January, and now they have hopes of expanding the program to better serve the community.

    April 14, 2012 3 Photos

  • First Presbyterian Church Mentoring_1_BV.jpg Tutoring joy

    Each Wednesday after school, church members pick up students — there are 23 in this year’s group — and take them to the church building for a snack, some fun and plenty of homework help.

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