Growing oil fields look to Oklahoma for expertise

As unconventional oil and natural gas production continues to expand, companies throughout the country are looking to import Oklahoma's energy expertise.
by Adam Wilmoth Published: December 21, 2012

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.”

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by Adam Wilmoth
Energy Editor
Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector....
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