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.


  • 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.

  • 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 […]




Jay F. Marks Thu, Nov. 27 2014 08:39:58 PM CST Pretty mellow Thanksgiving shopping experience in Tulsa tonight. Maybe folks are saving the mayhem for #okblackfriday.
Jay F. Marks Thu, Nov. 27 2014 05:17:14 PM CST RT @CNBC: Oil falls $3 to a 4-year low: LINK LINK
Jay F. Marks Wed, Nov. 26 2014 12:59:04 PM CST @briOKC The Korean freebies didn't do the trick, huh?
Jay F. Marks Wed, Nov. 26 2014 12:58:39 PM CST Signs emerge that Texas #oil boom could be slowing, @osborneja reports. LINK (via @dallasnews)
Jay F. Marks Wed, Nov. 26 2014 11:29:11 AM CST Lacking production, Mexico to be dependent on U.S. #natgas for years, ex-official says. LINK (via @SNLFinancial)
Jay F. Marks Wed, Nov. 26 2014 10:13:51 AM CST Oil bust of 1986 reminds U.S. drillers of price war risks. LINK (via @BloombergNews)
Jay F. Marks Wed, Nov. 26 2014 09:46:31 AM CST RT @Paigerinnn: #OColly alumni: The O'Colly is now on LinkedIn! I'm working on an alumni group, connect with us on there. https://t.co/KlFO…
Jay F. Marks Wed, Nov. 26 2014 09:43:06 AM CST #Gasoline prices continue to fall in Oklahoma. (by @pmonies) LINK on @NewsOK
Jay F. Marks Tue, Nov. 25 2014 07:00:17 PM CST Regional haze plan for Texas would aid visibility at wildlife refuge in Oklahoma, @EPA says. (by @pmonies) LINK on @NewsOK
Jay F. Marks Tue, Nov. 25 2014 04:50:22 PM CST #Energy investor John Raymond bets billions on former @Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon’s second act. LINK (via @WSJ)
Jay F. Marks Tue, Nov. 25 2014 04:46:50 PM CST Conservative group targets GOP members in ads against #wind tax credit. LINK (via @thehill)
Jay F. Marks Tue, Nov. 25 2014 04:45:16 PM CST Would #ethanol help the environment? Obama administration can't decide. LINK (via @latimes)
Jay F. Marks Tue, Nov. 25 2014 03:38:24 PM CST RT @E2Wire: Maryland set to allow fracking LINK
Jay F. Marks Tue, Nov. 25 2014 03:04:02 PM CST RT @BSchuttSNL: Producers perhaps feeling the pinch from cheap #oil & #natgas. Texas sees slight pullback in production https://t.co/Y0gnew…
Jay F. Marks Tue, Nov. 25 2014 02:34:52 PM CST Government data sharpens focus on #oil train routes, @ProPublica reports. LINK (via @stateimpactpa)
Jay F. Marks Tue, Nov. 25 2014 01:55:46 PM CST RT @BloombergNews: While OPEC talks, U.S. drills: LINK LINK
Jay F. Marks Tue, Nov. 25 2014 01:36:53 PM CST RT @Timothy_Cama: EPA hits back against report on employees’ paid leave LINK
Jay F. Marks Tue, Nov. 25 2014 01:08:33 PM CST RT @AmyAHarder: The Supreme Court will review EPA rule requiring cuts in power-plant mercury pollution. LINK via @WSJ
Jay F. Marks Tue, Nov. 25 2014 12:31:29 PM CST Federal agencies delaying release of major #energy rules. LINK (via @thehill)
Jay F. Marks Tue, Nov. 25 2014 12:08:37 PM CST #Oil boom triggering cowboy shortage across Canada, @BloombergNews reports. LINK (via @fuelfixblog)