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.


  • 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.

  • Oklahoma poised to become top oil producer, Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm says

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, Jun 6, 2014

    Surging crude production in Oklahoma has the state on the verge of becoming the nation’s third-largest source of oil, according to officials at Continental Resources Inc.

  • Chesapeake facing new charges in Michigan

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    Prosecutors in Michigan have filed nine felony charges against Chesapeake Energy Corp. stemming from its dealings with Michigan landowners during 2010 lease negotiations.

  • Devon shareholders reject reporting proposals Wednesday

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    Devon Energy Corp. shareholders voted down a pair of proposals that would have required the company to prepare reports on climate change.

  • Oklahoma oil producers worry about impact of new horizontal drilling

    By Jay F. Marks, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    Some oil producers around Seminole are worried that new drilling could impact the output from their wells.

  • Aubrey McClendon's company adds former Chesapeake, Devon execs

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    American Energy Partners has hired former Chesapeake Energy Corp. executive Jeff Mobley and former Devon Energy Corp. executive Jeff Agosta.

  • Trains are transporting more oil as production booms

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    Companies like Oklahoma City-based Continental Resources Inc. had no choice but to turn to rail, as booming production in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale has exceeded the capacity of available pipelines.

  • American Petroleum Institute study reports oil exports could bring jobs to Oklahoma

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Fri, May 30, 2014

    A new study by ICF International and EnSys Energy also indicates reversing ban on oil exports could save consumers $6 billion a year on average between 2015 and 2035.

  • SandRidge trying new drilling techniques to boost production

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, May 23, 2014

    SandRidge Energy Inc. is testing new drilling methods to reach multiple zones capable of producing oil and natural gas across its acreage in Oklahoma and Kansas.

  • Iowa company to buy rest of Syntroleum joint venture

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, May 22, 2014

    Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group Inc. is buying out the other half of Syntroleum Corp.’s Dynamic Fuels LLC joint venture with Tyson Foods Inc.

  • Chesapeake moving to slash debt

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Sat, May 17, 2014

    Chesapeake Energy Corp. is looking to slash its debt with a series of moves that would push the total value of this year’s sales and divestitures to about $4 billion.

  • Devon Energy executive to retire

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, May 16, 2014

    Devon Energy Corp. executive Vince White will retire in August after more than 20 years with the company.

  • Love's returns to Choctaw after 2010 tornado destroyed store

    By Jay F. Marks, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, May 16, 2014

    Love’s Travel Stop in back in Choctaw, four years after the original store there was destroyed by a tornado.

  • Chesapeake to slash debt with spinoffs

    Jay F. Marks | Updated: Fri, May 16, 2014

    Chesapeake Energy Corp. is poised to spin off its oil-field service division and other assets to help reduce debt.

  • 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 firm selling new drilling rig structure

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, May 9, 2014

    Tulsa-based Lee C. Moore, a Woolslayer Co., is marketing its latest drilling rig structure design. It has sold 29 so far to three different North American drilling contractors.

  • Looking up: Oklahoma City's biggest energy producers report improved earnings

    By Jay F. Marks and Adam Wilmoth, Business Writers | Published: Thu, May 8, 2014

    Backed by strong drilling activity and higher oil and natural gas prices, Oklahoma City’s most active energy producers on Wednesday all reported improved first-quarter earnings.

  • Continental Resources continues to hit production records

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Wed, May 7, 2014

    Continental Resources Inc. earned $226 million, or $1.22 a share in the first quarter, when it achieved record oil production for the 16th straight quarter.

  • SandRidge Energy beats expectations in first quarter

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, May 7, 2014

    SandRidge Energy Inc. posted a net loss of $128 million, or 29 cents a share, in the first quarter, but officials are optimistic warmer weather will bring better results.




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Jay F. Marks Today at 12:26 PM .@ContinentalOil. @DevonEnergy, @Chesapeake join peers to lobby for #oil exports. LINK (via @fuelfixblog)
Jay F. Marks Today at 12:06 PM Sen. @JimInhofe blasts Obama administration for not supporting #fracking, #natgas boom. LINK (via @thehill)
Jay F. Marks Today at 12:04 PM RT @E2Wire: Average US gas price set to drop below $3 LINK
Jay F. Marks Today at 11:58 AM RT @fuelfixblog: Contractor: Freeport LNG to break ground within weeks LINK
Jay F. Marks Today at 11:51 AM RT @KateGalbraith: In Benicia, CA, a huge debate over #oil trains LINK #fracking #bakken by @jvanderbeken
Jay F. Marks Today at 8:15 AM Oklahoma #oil production set to pass Alaska, California. (by @awilmoth) LINK on @NewsOK
Jay F. Marks Today at 7:44 AM RT @LauraGoldbergHC: Oil producers unite to lobby for crude exports: LINK
Jay F. Marks Today at 7:44 AM .@awilmoth column: Relative #energy costs trend downward. LINK in @TheOklahoman ($)
Jay F. Marks Today at 7:40 AM #PowerPlay blog: @SandRidgeEnergy to spin off wastewater business. LINK on @NewsOK
Jay F. Marks Today at 7:37 AM Oklahoma station is cleared to sell #gasoline again amid fraud allegations. LINK on @NewsOK
Jay F. Marks Today at 7:36 AM .@ContinentalOil pleased with yield from latest wells in new Oklahoma #oil play. LINK on @NewsOK
Jay F. Marks Thu, Oct. 23 2014 05:33:47 PM CST Reports: U.S. insurers meet #climate risk with "deeply troubling" silence. LINK (via @InsideClimate)
Jay F. Marks Thu, Oct. 23 2014 05:32:11 PM CST Big #utilities push into booming home #solar market, @reuters reports. LINK (via @sciam)
Jay F. Marks Thu, Oct. 23 2014 05:29:20 PM CST Railroads playing nice with @USDOT on #oil-by-rail rules. LINK (via @MorningConsult)
Jay F. Marks Thu, Oct. 23 2014 05:24:32 PM CST Eastern Oklahoma #coal mining comeback stalls as demand from China falls. LINK (via @StateImpactOK)