January 25, 2013

Oil shelf causes need for new page

CHICKASHA — As is the case with all technology, new innovations in drilling have lead to a refurbished energy industry in Grady County.

Horizontal drilling has given energy companies the capability of accessing the South Central Oklahoma Oil Province or SCOOP. The SCOOP, is mineral rich plate that could yield an incredible amount of oil and natural gas and with the recent innovations in drilling technology, accessing these resources will create billions of barrels of oil.

Now, why does this matter to the everyday Grady County citizen? The answer is not one that can be simply stated, but the reality is that it will affect literally every aspect of our lives in both positive and negative ways.

Increased drilling means increased population. With increased population comes more restaurants and retail stores to manage the population boom. This facilitates more traffic and crime.

Expansion is hard and over the next year and what could be the next decade Grady County is poised to undergo a rather dramatic expansion and amazing change.

The positives far out wight the negatives and the possibilities are endless. Literally every business is going to have to adapt to keep up with this new boom and in doing so will have to place themselves outside of their comfort zone.

Progress is inevitable and we can now fully expect to see a continuous progression for many years.

With this in mind The Express-Star will now bring you a SCOOP page every Thursday. We will highlight not only the advances made in drilling and in the energy industry, but all of the other industries that will thrive due to this progression. Our readers can look to this page for those advances, as we look forward to bringing you the latest and greatest in SCOOP news.

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    Searches for more oil and gas deposits in town can begin after Chickasha City Council struck a land use agreement with a third party.

    July 11, 2014

  • DSC_0916.JPG Local organization discussed oil and gas developments

    Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy spoke about the oil and gas industry in the state during a meeting of the Grady County Mineral Owners Association Thursday.

    June 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • tds052214obamamain_photo Fracking debate follows Obama

    Critics of fracking planned to greet President Obama with signs and protests during his stop in upstate New York on Thursday. Obama might see some supporters of the practice, as well.

    May 22, 2014 2 Photos 2 Stories

  • SOHOT.jpg Tulsa energy company finds SCOOP to be SOHOT

    Interest in energy excavation in Grady County continues to rise, after Tulsa based UNIT Corporation released an earnings call transcript detailing the company's local work

    May 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Recent unemployment report shows prosperous Grady County

    Help wanted signs are popping up all over Chickasha and Grady County recently. 

    May 3, 2014

  • Oil warehouse to open in Chickasha

    Oklahoma City-based oil field chemical company Energy and Environmental Services will open a warehouse in Chickasha in the next month.

    April 30, 2014

  • Coast Guard wants barges to ship fracking water

    The U.S. Coast Guard wants to allow barges filled with fracking wastewater to ply the nation's rivers on their way toward disposal. Many environmentalists are horrified, but industry groups say barge transport has its advantages.

    December 19, 2013

  • Beyond fracking: University of Wyoming scientists look for ways to boost oil and gas production

    Terms like horizontal drilling and “fracking,” as hydraulic fracturing is commonly referred to, are well known now. The two technologies have sent U.S. energy production soaring in recent years, as previously inaccessible reservoirs of oil and gas have been unlocked in places like North Dakota, Pennsylvania and New York.

    December 18, 2013

  • More oil and gas drillers turn to water recycling

     When the rain stopped falling in Texas, the prairie grass yellowed, the soil cracked and oil drillers were confronted with a crisis. After years of easy access to cheap, plentiful water, the land they prized for its vast petroleum wealth was starting to dry up.

    November 14, 2013

  • OERB web.tiff Industry funded nonprofit cleans abandoned sites

    The energy industry has changed somewhat dramatically over the last two decades. During the boom in the '80s, regulation was scarce and energy companies left behind machinery and concrete slabs in the wake of their excavating. 
    Since 1993 the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board has been working diligently to make amends for the environmental damage done during this era, and 20 years later OERB has managed to clean up 13,000 well sites across the state including 53 in Grady County. 

    October 16, 2013 1 Photo