Jay F. Marks
Business 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.


  • Regulators probe acid spill in Kingfisher County

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is investigating a spill that released nearly 500 barrels of hydrochloric acid into a Kingfisher County alfalfa field.

  • Oklahoma City's jobless rate rises again

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    The Oklahoma City metropolitan area’s unemployment rate increased to 4.7 percent in June, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • ONEOK Partners to spend up to $785M in North Dakota

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Tulsa-based ONEOK Partners LP said it plans to spend as much as $785 million on infrastructure projects in North Dakota’s Willison Basin.

  • Love's to add more compressed natural gas fueling in Oklahoma

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Love’s Travel Stops plans to bring compressed natural gas fueling for passenger cars and heavy-duty trucks to two more locations in Oklahoma: Ardmore and Webbers Falls.

  • Chesapeake details two more deals to refine portfolio

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Chesapeake Energy Corp. is poised to spend $1.7 billion to buy back preferred shares of its subsidiary in Ohio’s Utica Shale and solidify its position in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin.

  • Executive Q&A: CEO excited about new energy company

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    Jerry Winchester, a Dickson native, returned to Oklahoma in 2012 to lead the Chesapeake subsidiary destined to stand on its own. It took longer than expected because of Chesapeake’s transition, with new leadership, to a more focused oil and natural gas producer.

  • Fracking bans unlikely in Oklahoma, observers say

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    Oklahoma cities can regulate activities within their borders, but observers say any ban on hydraulic fracturing in the state is unlikely.

  • Chesapeake subsidiary sells assets for $135 million

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    Chesapeake Energy Corp. continues to narrow its focus, with a $135 million deal to move it out of the large-scale natural gas compression business.

  • Oklahomans call for immigration reform

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    A group of Oklahoma leaders are calling on Congress to reform the country’s immigration laws to secure its borders, preserve human dignity and allow immigrants to contribute to the economy.

  • Equal shareholders approve Petroflow deal

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Shareholders of Equal Energy Ltd. overwhelmingly approved the company’s sale to Petroflow Energy Corp.

  • Flaring rule not likely to impact Continental in North Dakota

    BY PAUL MONIES, ADAM WILMOTH and JAY F. MARKS | Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Our NewsOK Energy team chatted with readers Tuesday about Oklahoma energy and oil and gas companies. 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 developments across the state. Below is an unedited transcript of Tuesday's chat. NewsOK 9:30 a.m. Good morning. Our energy team will be logging on at 10 a.m., but you can start submitting your questions now. Paul Monies 9:56 a.m. We'll be getting started in about five minutes. Paul Monies 10:04 a.m. OK. Let's get started. I'm your moderator, Paul Monies.

  • Chesapeake asset sales continue with Marcellus deal

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Chesapeake Energy Corp. is selling some of its acreage in southwest Pennsylvania as it continues to focus on assets with the highest rate of return.

  • Chesapeake selling acreage in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale

    By Jay F. Marks Business Writer jmarks@opubco.com | Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Chesapeake Energy Corp. is selling acreage in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale for $336 million.

  • Energy companies say disposal wells are central to Oklahoma's oil, gas operations

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    Wastewater disposal wells, which some have linked to Oklahoma’s recent earthquake swarms, are an important part of the state’s oil and natural gas operations.

  • Seventy Seven Energy, former subsidiary of Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy, begins trading

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    Former Chesapeake Energy Corp. subsidiary Seventy Seven Energy began trading Tuesday as a stand-alone company.

  • Devon reaches $2.3B deal to sell acreage in six states

    By Jay F. Marks, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    Devon Energy Corp. will receive $2.3 billion from Linn Energy for its natural gas-rich acreage in six states.

  • Equal shareholder to support Petroflow deal

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    One of Equal Energy Ltd.’s largest shareholders has decided to vote in favor of the company’s proposed acquisition by Tulsa-based Petroflow Energy Corp.

  • Florida utility to join drilling boom in Oklahoma

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    One of the nation’s largest electric utilities is investing in natural gas wells in Oklahoma in an attempt to secure a stable, low-cost resource source for its power plants.

  • Industry continues natural gas advocacy as Chesapeake steps back

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    The natural gas industry is still working to promote its product, even though one-time flag bearer Chesapeake Energy Corp. has taken a step back to focus on its business.

  • Geologist: History shows Oklahoma earthquakes not new phenomenon

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    The earthquake swarm shaking Oklahoma right now seems to be similar to one that affected state residents more than 60 years ago, according to a geologist at Continental Resources Inc.




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Jay F. Marks Today at 2:17 PM RT @E2Wire: WH advises agencies to weigh climate when considering projects LINK
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Jay F. Marks Today at 1:58 PM RT @stevekasko: OIl prices sliding again, under $56 a barrel. If crude stays around $55, Texas could lose 128,000 jobs by next year. http:/…
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Jay F. Marks Today at 1:51 PM RT @HermsTheWord: Low oil prices can be opportunity for countries to phase out fossil fuel subsidies that total $550 bil/yr, @VanderHoeven_…
Jay F. Marks Today at 1:32 PM RT @RichardStubbe: WTI ends the day at $54.11 a barrel, down $2.36, lowest close since May 2009. Feb contract falls $2.43 to $54.36.
Jay F. Marks Today at 1:24 PM RT @cityofokc: Public input requested on possible oil exploration at Lake Hefner. LINK
Jay F. Marks Today at 12:35 PM RT @climateprogress: 57,000-gallon oil spill in Canada forces closure of pipeline to U.S. LINK LINK
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Jay F. Marks Today at 9:21 AM Former #PhillipsPetroleum CEO Pete Silas dies in Bartlesville. LINK on @NewsOK
Jay F. Marks Wed, Dec. 17 2014 08:00:21 PM CST Oklahoma City panel to vote on incentives for 108 new jobs at @EnableMidstream. (by @stevelackmeyer) LINK on @NewsOK
Jay F. Marks Wed, Dec. 17 2014 04:26:51 PM CST RT @E2Wire: Senate Dems hold hearing to promote EPA ozone rule LINK