Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin's energy conference draws record crowd in Tulsa

Gov. Mary Fallin's annual energy conference made its way to Tulsa, drawing more than 500 people.
by Jay F. Marks Modified: October 9, 2013 at 9:15 pm •  Published: October 10, 2013

Gov. Mary Fallin's annual energy conference drew a record crowd Wednesday, the first time it was staged in Tulsa.

More than 500 people attended the 2013 Governor's Energy Conference at the Cox Business Center in downtown Tulsa.

Fallin said it was fitting to have the third annual conference in Tulsa since it once was the oil capital of the world. The first two conferences were in Oklahoma City.

Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett, who described himself as the only mayor of a major city with oil and natural gas experience, said Oklahoma has long been supportive of the energy industry.

Wednesday's conference included a keynote speech by North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple, who spoke about how his state has dealt with the oil boom fueled by companies like Oklahoma City-based Continental Resources Inc.

Development of the state's Bakken Shale formation has turned North Dakota into the nation's second-largest oil producer, trailing only Texas. The state produced a record 875,000 barrels of oil a day in July.

Dalrymple said North Dakota's oil boom is expected to continue, noting the state already has approved applications to drill an additional 7,500 wells. There are about 5,700 producing wells in the state now.

by 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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