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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  • Oklahoma City energy companies endure trying year

    BY JAY F. MARKS jmarks@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Dec 27, 2013

    It has been a difficult year for Oklahoma City's largest oil and natural gas companies.

  • Osage Exploration to operate own rigs in Logan County

    BY JAY F. MARKS jmarks@opubco.com | Updated: Sat, Dec 21, 2013

    Osage Exploration and Development Inc. has struck a deal to take over as operator on a large chunk of its acreage in Logan County.

  • Williams' Transco pipeline delivers record volumes

    BY JAY F. MARKS jmarks@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Dec 21, 2013

    Williams Partners LP's Transco pipeline delivered record volumes of natural gas during a recent cold snap on the Eastern Seaboard.

  • WPX Energy to add board member for activist shareholder

    BY JAY F. MARKS jmarks@opubco.com | Updated: Thu, Dec 19, 2013

    WPX Energy will add a representative of activist shareholder Taconic Capital Advisors LP as a new member of its board of directors.

  • Clean water violations to cost Chesapeake $9.7 million

    BY JAY F. MARKS jmarks@opubco.com | Updated: Thu, Dec 19, 2013

    A Chesapeake Energy Corp. subsidiary will pay a $3.2 million civil penalty to resolve Clean Water Act violations in West Virginia.

  • CEO of Apco Oil and Gas will step down Dec. 31

    | Published: Fri, Dec 20, 2013

    Ralph A. Hill will be replaced as CEO by Bryan K. Guderian, who has more than 30 years of experience in the industry and has been on Apco's board since 2002.

  • Chesapeake sells Pennsylvania assets

    BY JAY F. MARKS jmarks@opubco.com | Published: Thu, Dec 19, 2013

    Chesapeake Energy Corp. will get about $500 million from the sale of assets in Pennsylvania.

  • Equal Energy to detail deal process

    BY JAY F. MARKS jmarks@opubco.com | Updated: Wed, Dec 18, 2013

    Equal Energy Ltd. is preparing a proxy statement to address shareholder concerns about its proposed acquisition by Tulsa-based Petroflow Energy Corp.

  • Syntroleum reaches sale agreement

    BY JAY F. MARKS jmarks@opubco.com | Updated: Wed, Dec 18, 2013

    Syntroleum Corp. will sell the bulk of its assets to Iowa-based biofuel producer Renewable Energy Group Inc. if its shareholders sign off on the deal.

  • Enbridge, TransCanada joining forces to improve leak detection

    Jay F. Marks | Published: Wed, Dec 18, 2013

    Enbridge Inc. and TransCanada Corp. are teaming up to research new ways to detect pipeline leaks, the companies announced Wednesday.

  • Gulf Coast pipeline to begin shipping oil Jan. 22

    BY JAY F. MARKS jmarks@opubco.com | Published: Wed, Dec 18, 2013

    The southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline will begin carrying customers' crude oil away from Cushing on Jan. 22.

  • CEO stepping down at WPX Energy

    BY JAY F. MARKS Business Writer jmarks@opubco.com | Updated: Tue, Dec 17, 2013

    WPX Energy is searching for a new CEO with chief executive Ralph A. Hill set to step down at the end of the year.

  • Another Equal shareholder balks at sale

    BY JAY F. MARKS jmarks@opubco.com | Published: Tue, Dec 17, 2013

    Another Equal Energy Ltd shareholder is threatening to vote against the $230 million sale of the company because of concerns over the proposed deal.

  • Linn Energy listens to employees

    BY JAY F. MARKS Business Writer jmarks@opubco.com | Updated: Tue, Dec 10, 2013

    Linn Energy LLC executives regularly meet with employees throughout the country to discuss their concerns.

  • FirstBank thrives with family atmosphere

    BY JAY F. MARKS | Updated: Thu, Dec 12, 2013

    For its employees, FirstBank is synonymous with family. Human resources supervisor Randi Sue Smith said the Burrage family, which owns the Antlers-based bank with three other southeast Oklahoma locations, works alongside its employees. “They are more than shareholders,” she said. “They are co-workers.” Smith said FirstBank excels at customer service and its employees volunteer in the community, but those things aren't what makes it unique. “The real factor that sets FirstBank apart is that we are family here at FirstBank,” she said. “In fact, many people working here are actually kin in some way or another.” Smith said even people who aren't related to other bank employees are part

  • Culture leads to longevity at GableGotwals

    BY JAY F. MARKS | Updated: Thu, Dec 12, 2013

    With roots dating back to the last century, GableGotwals is one of the most well known law firms in Oklahoma. President Sid Swenson said the firm has little turnover among its attorneys and staff because of positive, nurturing culture. Several recently celebrated 35 years at the firm. “It's a place where people enjoy working,” he said. Swenson said the firm's collegial atmosphere is driven by people with a common interest in ensuring their work is done well. GableGotwals, which has offices in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, has 77 lawyers among its 140 employees. He said most of the firm's attorneys are members of boards for charitable or civic organizations in their communities. GableGotwals

  • Mexico may provide new opportunities for energy producers

    BY JAY F. MARKS jmarks@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Dec 13, 2013

    Mexico is on the verge of allowing private companies to take part in oil and gas production there.

  • Gulfport Energy expands management team

    BY JAY F. MARKS jmarks@opubco.com | Updated: Wed, Dec 11, 2013

    Oklahoma City-based Gulfport Energy Corp. has added four executives to its management team as it prepares to ramp up its operations in Ohio's Utica Shale.

  • Equal shareholder raises questions about proposed sale

    BY JAY F. MARKS jmarks@opubco.com | Updated: Tue, Dec 10, 2013

    One of Equal Energy Ltd's largest shareholders is raising some questions about the company's proposed acquisition by Tulsa's Petroflow Energy Corp.

  • GE center to boost oil industry, Oklahoma City

    BY PAUL MONIES, ADAM WILMOTH and JAY F. MARKS | Updated: Tue, Dec 10, 2013

    Our NewsOK Energy team chatted with readers Tuesday about the upcoming General Electric research center.




Jay F. Marks Tue, Apr. 15 2014 08:22:03 PM CST RT @CollinEatonHC: Late-breaking on Fuelfix: BP takes Texas Panhandle assets to market, could garner $400 to $500 million: LINK
Jay F. Marks Tue, Apr. 15 2014 06:48:58 PM CST #KeystoneXL advocates inject Ukraine into pipeline debate. LINK (via @insideclimate)
Jay F. Marks Tue, Apr. 15 2014 01:27:56 PM CST RT @TulsaWorldBiz: Tulsan first woman honored by oil industry group LINK
Jay F. Marks Tue, Apr. 15 2014 01:24:27 PM CST RT @JEKEVER: EIA: Natural gas will slash diesel's dominance as rail fuel: LINK
Jay F. Marks Tue, Apr. 15 2014 01:00:12 PM CST Engineers meeting in Oklahoma share technologies that boost #oil production. LINK on @NewsOK
Jay F. Marks Tue, Apr. 15 2014 11:34:27 AM CST RT @AmyAHarder: As part of the White House climate agenda, @EPA releases five white papers on methane emissions in oil & gas sector: http:/…
Jay F. Marks Tue, Apr. 15 2014 09:48:59 AM CST California lawmakers advance bills to stop #fracking. LINK (via @BloombergNews)
Jay F. Marks Tue, Apr. 15 2014 09:44:53 AM CST California to see surge in #oil brought in by rail, @AP reports. LINK (via @nbcbayarea)
Jay F. Marks Tue, Apr. 15 2014 09:42:11 AM CST U.S. pushed to rewrite #oil payment disclosure rule. LINK (via @fuelfixblog)
Jay F. Marks Tue, Apr. 15 2014 09:41:03 AM CST #KeystoneXL foes taught arrest tactics in case pipeline is approved. LINK (via @BloombergNews)
Jay F. Marks Tue, Apr. 15 2014 09:30:13 AM CST Oklahoma House passes #solar surcharge bill. (by @pmonies) LINK on @NewsOK
Jay F. Marks Tue, Apr. 15 2014 09:24:35 AM CST RT @statesman: State penalizes San Antonio coalition after fracking study made public: LINK on MyStatesman
Jay F. Marks Tue, Apr. 15 2014 09:21:26 AM CST Tulsa-based #UnitCorp pledges $3 million for new park. LINK (via @TulsaWorldBiz)
Jay F. Marks Tue, Apr. 15 2014 09:06:56 AM CST RT @taykuy: Few coal plants in development in U.S. as wind and natural gas take over. Story: LINK Map: LINK
Jay F. Marks Tue, Apr. 15 2014 09:05:33 AM CST RT @CAPenergypolicy: Twelve states produced 80% of U.S. wind power in 2013. LINK
Jay F. Marks Tue, Apr. 15 2014 08:57:19 AM CST Aubrey McClendon's #AmericanEnergyPartners recruiting workers with billboard near @OhioState. LINK (via @columbusbiz1st)
Jay F. Marks Tue, Apr. 15 2014 08:55:51 AM CST Drilliers, environmentalists react to new Ohio #fracking policy. LINK (via @WOSU)
Jay F. Marks Tue, Apr. 15 2014 08:52:45 AM CST #Fracking debate gets a little more complicated after earthquake finding in Ohio. LINK (via @CNBC)
Jay F. Marks Tue, Apr. 15 2014 07:48:27 AM CST Walking, 'talking' drilling rigs aim to modernize #fracking. LINK (via @reuters)
Jay F. Marks Tue, Apr. 15 2014 07:36:40 AM CST Engineers meeting in Tulsa share technologies that boost #oil production. LINK in @TheOklahoman