Jay F. Marks
Energy Reporter

Jay F. Marks has been covering Oklahoma news since graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1996. He worked in Sulphur and Enid before joining The Oklahoman in 2005. Marks has been covering the energy industry since 2009.

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  • Edmond earthquake town hall leaves attendees unsatisfied

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    Residents worried about the spate of earthquakes that have plagued parts of Oklahoma likely got little satisfaction Thursday night at a town hall on the subject, as experts said there is no way to know their cause.

  • Report: Pipeline injected $2.1B into Oklahoma economy

    By Jay F. Marks, Buisness Writer | Updated: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    A report commissioned by the Consumer Energy Alliance indicates the Gulf Coast Project created more than $2 billion in new economic activity in Oklahoma while the pipeline was under construction.

  • Chesapeake faces additional charges in Michigan

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    Prosecutors in Michigan have filed another 12 counts of fraud against Chesapeake Energy Corp. for allegedly obtaining lease options by false pretenses.

  • Tall Oak to build gathering system in Payne County area

    By Jay F. Marks Business Writer jmarks@opubco.com | Updated: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    Tall Oak Midstream LLC plans to build 250 of natural gas gathering pipeline and a cryogenic processing plant to serve American Energy-Woodford and other producers in north central Oklahoma.

  • Devon Energy joins water research effort with five other oil companies in Canada

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    Devon Energy Corp. and five other companies active in Canada’s oil sands are teaming up to build a water research facility.

  • Horizontal drilling fuels Oklahoma's latest oil boom

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Jun 23, 2014

    Drillers completed more than 2,600 oil and natural gas wells in Oklahoma last year, as applications for drilling permits exceeded 4,000 for the second year in a row.

  • Teachers spend part of summer learning about Oklahoma's oil industry

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    An Oklahoma Energy Resources Board program showed a group of state teachers how companies drill for oil and natural gas.

  • Aubrey McClendon getting back into midstream business

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    Aubrey McClendon’s American Energy Partners LP plans to form a midstream company with The Energy and Minerals Group.

  • McClendon's American Energy forming midstream company

    Jay F. Marks | Updated: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    Aubrey McClendon’s American Energy Partners LLC is teaming with primary investor The Energy and Minerals Group to form a pipeline company American Energy-Midstream LLC will focus primarily in areas where affiliates of McClendon’s company have active upstream operations. American Energy has affiliates operating in Oklahoma’s Woodford Shale, west Texas’ Permian Basin, Ohio’s Utica Shale and […]

  • AAA reports higher gasoline prices likely in Oklahoma

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Gasoline prices in Oklahoma reached their highest point in nine months Tuesday, with little hope for relief because of ongoing violence in Iraq, according to AAA.

  • Tulsa-based energy company Williams' stock soars on Access deal

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    The Williams Cos. Inc. saw its stock price rise nearly 19 percent Monday, a day after it announced a nearly $6 billion deal to take control of Oklahoma City-based Access Midstream Partners LP.

  • Williams poised to acquire Access Midstream in $6B deal

    Jay F. Marks | Updated: Sun, Jun 15, 2014

    The Williams Cos. Inc. has agreed to acquire the full general partners stake in Access Midstream Partners LP for nearly $6 billion, the Tulsa-based company announced Sunday. Williams intends to merge Access with its own pipeline master limited partnership, Williams Partners LP. “The proposed merger of Williams Partners and Access Midstream Partners, if consummated, would […]

  • Chesapeake shareholders approve reforms

    By Jay F. Marks, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    Chesapeake Energy Corp. shareholders passed reforms Friday that will allow them to nominate their own candidates for board seats while forcing directors to stand for re-election every year.

  • Oklahoma company aims to keep oil moving by rail

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    Oklahoma-based Freedom Railcar Solutions LLC is poised to start offering mobile repairs and maintenance of tanker cars used to move crude oil by rail.

  • Oklahoma telephone company Icon Telecom Inc. and owner plead guilty in fraud case

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    Icon Telecom Inc. and President Wes Yui Chew pleaded guilty to felony charges stemming from a multimillion scheme to defraud a federal telephone subsidy program for low-income customers.

  • Lawndale Capital Management and Montclair Energy still question Equal Energy's $230 million deal

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    Equal Energy is urging shareholders to approve a $230 million bid by Tulsa-based Petroflow Energy to acquire the company. The proposal has been questioned by two of the company’s largest shareholders.

  • Oklahoma oil industry groups join federal lawsuit over lesser prairie chicken listing

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    State and federal groups representing the oil and natural gas industry have filed a lawsuit over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ decision to list the lesser prairie chicken as threatened.

  • New EPA rules could lead to higher electricity bills

    BY PAUL MONIES and JAY F. MARKS | Updated: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    Our NewsOK Energy team chatted with readers Tuesday about new EPA rules.

  • American Energy to spend $4.25 billion on acreage in three states

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    American Energy Partners LP is spending more than $4 billion to acquire acreage in three U.S. resource plays.

  • Chesapeake to spin off services company

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    Chesapeake Energy Corp. will turn its oil-field service business into a separate stand-alone company by the end of this month after its board signed off on the move.




Jay F. Marks Mon, Sep. 15 2014 09:19:32 PM CST RT @ErnestScheyder: Canada oil-train boom may thwart winter crude price slump LINK via @reuters
Jay F. Marks Mon, Sep. 15 2014 09:14:15 PM CST And we have a winner! RT @chadwpotter: @OKenergybeat @OU_Athletics eating some grub... LINK
Jay F. Marks Mon, Sep. 15 2014 08:37:02 PM CST RT @WSJmarkets: A small investment firm has discovered a gold mine in a pile of sand used for fracking: LINK LINK
Jay F. Marks Mon, Sep. 15 2014 07:33:28 PM CST RT @chronmason: Oil tanker fight continues in U.S. court, even though one side says it doesn't belong there. LINK
Jay F. Marks Mon, Sep. 15 2014 07:24:28 PM CST A spy tells me #AmericanEnergy's Aubrey McClendon is in this photo. Can you find him? MT @OU_Athletics: LINK
Jay F. Marks Mon, Sep. 15 2014 05:37:55 PM CST RT @GZuckerman: More evidence that injections/drilling lead to tremors/earthquakes LINK
Jay F. Marks Mon, Sep. 15 2014 05:25:44 PM CST RT @wendykoch: Just how many birds do wind turbines kill? A tiny fraction of those killed by cats & cell/radio towers, says report. http://…
Jay F. Marks Mon, Sep. 15 2014 04:41:11 PM CST .@standardpoors: @EPA power plant proposal could fast-track #natgas pipeline projects. LINK (via @BloombergBNA)
Jay F. Marks Mon, Sep. 15 2014 04:36:14 PM CST Opponents slam @Enbridge’s plans to expand flow of #oilsands crude into U.S. LINK (via @globeandmail)
Jay F. Marks Mon, Sep. 15 2014 04:07:06 PM CST Attorney seeks dismissal of lawsuit against Oklahoma's #oilandgas production tax. (by @RickRmgreen) LINK on @NewsOK
Jay F. Marks Mon, Sep. 15 2014 03:50:21 PM CST An independent Scotland could become an #energy industry powerhouse. LINK (via @FortuneMagazine)
Jay F. Marks Mon, Sep. 15 2014 03:48:03 PM CST #Solar, #win alter global landscape, leaving #utilities behind. LINK (via @nytimes)
Jay F. Marks Mon, Sep. 15 2014 03:13:44 PM CST RT @climateprogress: Duke Energy commits to the largest solar farm east of the Mississippi LINK LINK
Jay F. Marks Mon, Sep. 15 2014 02:54:21 PM CST RT @lbarronlopez: Study: Leaky wells, not fracking, contaminated water near Pennsylvania, Texas shale formations LINK vi…
Jay F. Marks Mon, Sep. 15 2014 02:34:20 PM CST Minnesota regulators reviewing future of @Enbridge's Sandpiper #oil pipeline. LINK (via @UPI)
Jay F. Marks Mon, Sep. 15 2014 02:28:21 PM CST Poll: 52 percent of Americans believe #oil exports would cause higher #gasoline prices. LINK (via @MorningConsult)
Jay F. Marks Mon, Sep. 15 2014 10:46:13 AM CST RT @mclott: #Solar is hitting the #water, nuclear phased out (for now) in Japan LINK @sciam #SciAmBlogs
Jay F. Marks Mon, Sep. 15 2014 10:18:01 AM CST Texas lawyer seeks thousands of clients for case against @Chesapeake. LINK (via @startelegram)
Jay F. Marks Mon, Sep. 15 2014 08:53:15 AM CST #Fracking is giving the U.S. #energy boom plenty of room to run, @russellgold reports. LINK (via @WSJ)
Jay F. Marks Mon, Sep. 15 2014 08:34:48 AM CST ICYMI: Fairness needed in new Oklahoma utility rates for rooftop #solar, small #wind users, panel hears (by @pmonies) LINK