January 25, 2013

Oil shelf causes need for new page

James Bright, Managing Editor,
The Express-Star

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.