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.

Wilmoth holds a master's degree in business administration from Oklahoma State University and a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma. He's also a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City's youth program, LOYAL -- Linking Oklahoma City's Young Adult Leaders.

  • Debate continues: Updated study claims earthquake swarm tied to water disposal wells

    BY ADAM WILMOTH, Energy Editor | Published: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    High-volume wastewater disposal wells likely have contributed to the swarm of earthquakes experienced in central Oklahoma over the past few years, according to an updated report from a team led by former OU researcher Katie Keranen.

  • Iraqi conflict leads to higher oil prices

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    Tensions are rising in Iraq again, and oil prices are going up as well. The common pattern is repeating itself again. The rapid increase in domestic oil production has helped minimize some of the typical effects, but oil is still a global commodity heavily influenced by geopolitical issues.

  • Environmental groups sue for stronger protection for lesser prairie chicken

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    Three environmental groups have sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, claiming the government did not go far enough this spring when it designated the lesser prairie chicken as “threatened” rather than “endangered.”

  • Mexican reform would allow American oil companies to search for oil south of the border

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    American and international oil companies have developed fields in the Gulf of Mexico that are believed to extend into Mexican territory.

  • New technology, high oil price keep industry functioning

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: Fri, Jun 6, 2014

    Over the past decade, horizontal drilling and fracking have reignited the oil industry.

  • Natural gas prices rise as storage refills

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: Fri, May 30, 2014

    The country’s natural gas producers are trying to refill reserves after the cold winter depleted stocks.

  • Reinforced shelters make oil patch safer in tornado season

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Published: Fri, May 30, 2014

    Oklahoma City-based Cactus Drilling Co. LLC credits its reinforced safe room for helping 13 employees and contractors survive a direct hit from an EF5 tornado in 2011.

  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signs oil production tax bill Wednesday

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: Wed, May 28, 2014

    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Wednesday signed legislation that will set the state’s oil and natural gas gross production tax at 2 percent for the first 36 months of production.

  • Oklahoma leaders are poised to launch drone research and development efforts

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: Sat, May 24, 2014

    Unmanned aircraft, or drones, are poised to quickly move from the military domain to a vast array of commercial applications. For now, however, the industry is restrained by strict Federal Aviation Administration regulations that ban most business use.

  • Cleveland County area could be key to state's drone development

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: Sat, May 24, 2014

    Green Valley Farms, which covers 3,500 acres of Cleveland County, will be the test ground for Oklahoma’s ambitious unmanned aerial vehicle project.

  • Chesapeake asks for dismissal in Michigan antitrust case

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Published: Sat, May 24, 2014

    Chesapeake Energy Corp. representatives on Friday asked a Michigan judge to dismiss antitrust charges against the company, saying the state “has not shown this court any evidence whatsoever to support a finding of probable cause.”

  • Oklahoma City, nation gasoline prices stay steady into Memorial Day weekend

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: Fri, May 23, 2014

    The Oklahoma City average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline settled at just less than $3.40 a gallon on Thursday, down more than a penny over the past week and almost a nickel over the past month, according to www.AAA’s fuelgaugereport.com. One year ago, the average price in Oklahoma City was almost $3.95.

  • Legislature approves gross production tax rate

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: Thu, May 22, 2014

    The Oklahoma Legislature voted Thursday to set the state’s gross production tax rate for oil and natural gas wells at 2 percent for the first 36 months of production.

  • Gross production tax bill heads to Oklahoma House after panels' approval

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Published: Wed, May 21, 2014

    A bill that would set the gross production tax rate on oil and natural gas wells at 2 percent for the first 36 months of production is expected to reach the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Wednesday.

  • Oklahoma energy leaders differ on ending oil export ban

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: Sun, May 18, 2014

    As domestic oil production continues its rapid increase, industry leaders are calling for an end to a 40-year ban on oil exports. Industry leaders say ending the ban will allow oil production to continue to grow throughout the country while opponents say keeping the ban would lead to lower gasoline and energy prices.

  • U.S. shale boom is difficult to duplicate for other countries

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: Fri, May 16, 2014

    Other countries are trying to develop oil and natural gas drilling programs based on the success of the ongoing U.S. shale boom.

  • Drilling tax still up for debate in Oklahoma

    BY PAUL MONIES, ADAM WILMOTH and JAY F. MARKS | Updated: Tue, May 13, 2014

    Our NewsOK Energy team chatted with readers Tuesday about a drilling tax. You can join our energy Q&A’s on the second Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. and submit your questions about energy companies and developments across the state. Below is an unedited transcript of Tuesday's chat. NewsOK 9:35 a.m. Good morning. We'll get started at 10 a.m., but you can start submitting your questions now. Paul Monies 9:59 a.m. Good morning. Paul Monies 10:00 a.m. Let's get started here. I'm your moderator, Paul Monies. I cover renewable energy and

  • Oklahoma's CNG truck orders pick up

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: Fri, May 9, 2014

    Two months into the latest contract, Oklahoma agencies have ordered more than 300 compressed-natural-gas powered vehicles.

  • Oklahoma City's Devon Energy has more plans for midstream assets

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: Fri, May 9, 2014

    Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy Corp. is one of the latest to spin off its pipelines and compressors. The company in March merged its midstream infrastructure with Dallas-based CrossTex Energy Inc. to create EnLink Midstream Partners and its general partner EnLink Midstream LLC.

  • Feds end Chesapeake investigation

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: Wed, May 7, 2014

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has ended its investigation into Chesapeake Energy Corp. and former CEO Aubrey McClendon, the Oklahoma City energy company said in a regulatory filing Wednesday.




Adam Wilmoth Mon, Oct. 13 2014 11:07:02 AM CST RT @NewsOKEnergy: Join @awilmoth, @OKenergybeat and @pmonies tomorrow at 10 a.m. to get answers to your #energy questions on @NewsOK.
Adam Wilmoth Mon, Oct. 06 2014 03:38:28 PM CST RT @Mecoy: Join @SteveLackmeyer at 7 p.m. on LINK for a live chat on new plans for towers at the former Stage Center site.
Adam Wilmoth Mon, Oct. 06 2014 10:58:29 AM CST RT @stevelackmeyer: THIS IS BIG NEWS FOR DOWNTOWN! Residential towers proposed by 2 firms for property south of former Stage Center site ht…
Adam Wilmoth Mon, Sep. 29 2014 08:48:52 PM CST RT @NewsOK: American Energy hires former Chesapeake executive LINK
Adam Wilmoth Mon, Sep. 29 2014 08:26:20 PM CST RT @briannabailey80: Up to 900 Boeing jobs could move to OKC LINK
Adam Wilmoth Wed, Sep. 17 2014 03:50:41 PM CST RT @OKenergybeat: .@ContinentalOil chooses Jack Stark new president. LINK on @NewsOK
Adam Wilmoth Thu, Sep. 11 2014 10:35:53 PM CST RT @NewsOK: Continental Resources president resigns LINK
Adam Wilmoth Fri, Sep. 05 2014 12:35:41 PM CST RT @OKenergybeat: Aubrey McClendon: New company structured to woo private equity. LINK in @TheOklahoman ($)
Adam Wilmoth Tue, Sep. 02 2014 12:04:24 PM CST RT @briannabailey80: American Energy Partners affiliate qualifies for millions in job creation incentives from state LINK
Adam Wilmoth Tue, Aug. 26 2014 11:15:05 AM CST Questions remain at epicenter of quake trend LINK
Adam Wilmoth Sat, Aug. 23 2014 07:23:18 PM CST RT @briannabailey80: Chesapeake leaves OKC job incentive program LINK
Adam Wilmoth Mon, Aug. 04 2014 11:30:09 PM CST RT @Mecoy: Judge closes Hamm divorce hearing to protect company interests LINK
Adam Wilmoth Wed, Jul. 23 2014 02:40:36 PM CST RT @Mecoy: Continental Resources geologist talking about Okla. quakes today. Our Jay Marks wrote about his theories last month: LINK
Adam Wilmoth Wed, Jul. 23 2014 11:55:28 AM CST RT @briannabailey80: Aubrey McClendon plans day care and fitness center on unfinished wine cellar site LINK
Adam Wilmoth Fri, Jul. 18 2014 09:06:36 AM CST RT @OKenergybeat: Aubrey McClendon selected to manage second #energy investment firm. (by @pmonies) LINK on @NewsOK
Adam Wilmoth Tue, Jul. 08 2014 03:45:57 PM CST RT @russellgold: 35% of Brazil primary energy is hydro, so perhaps all those #worldcup tears will be put to good use.
Adam Wilmoth Thu, Jul. 03 2014 09:46:41 PM CST RT @OKenergybeat: Debate continues: Updated study claims Oklahoma earthquakes tied to water disposal wells. (by @awilmoth) LINK
Adam Wilmoth Thu, Jun. 26 2014 12:57:22 PM CST MidFirst to enter Colorado with bank purchase LINK
Adam Wilmoth Wed, Jun. 18 2014 10:50:39 AM CST RT @briannabailey80: McClendon's American Energy forming midstream company LINK
Adam Wilmoth Wed, Jun. 18 2014 10:50:19 AM CST RT @NewsOK: Proposed PSO rate settlement for smart meters would total $24 million LINK