As unconventional oil and natural gas production continues to expand, companies throughout the country are looking to import Oklahoma's energy expertise.
Horizontal drilling, hydraulic fracturing, water disposal and many of the other complex and more controversial oil and natural gas activities have been used in one form or another in Oklahoma and Texas for decades.
Other states are now trying to develop that knowledge.
The demand has been strong enough to lead United Airlines to begin offering new nonstop flights between Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport and Cleveland, Ohio's, Hopkins International Airport. The new route is scheduled to begin on Valentine's Day.
United's managing director Jim Ferea in September said the new connection is in response to Oklahoma energy companies' interest in Ohio's Utica Shale.
The airline made a similar announcement Wednesday when it said it will create a new nonstop route between Houston and Rapid City, N.D., linking the Bakken field and the energy core.
The pull also has drawn some Oklahomans to lend their knowledge and experience more directly.
Longtime Enid resident Don Fischbach last year moved to Cleveland to become chairman of the energy and natural resources department at the Calfee, Halter and Griswold law firm, where he specializes in oil and gas law for the Utica Shale.
Before moving north, Fischbach served for 11 years as general counsel and secretary at Continental Resources when the company was based in Enid.
The biggest difference oil companies face between working in Ohio instead of Oklahoma or Texas is that of the public's understanding and expectations, he said.
“In Oklahoma, there have been several blanket resource projects. It's not new,” Fischbach said. “It might be a little bit more intense now in certain areas of Oklahoma than it has been historically, but the people are basically used to the industry. People have seen something like this before, so they know more what to expect. That's not the case in eastern Ohio.”
The most important thing for companies new to the Utica or other developing areas is to get involved and talk to people, Fischbach said.
“Let your issues and concerns be known. Talk about what works and what doesn't work,” he said. “I find the presentation of information is complementary and not something to be afraid of.”