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Sam Fletcher

Sam Fletcher is Texas born and raised.  Originally from East Texas Field, and reared in Permian Basin, he is third generation "oil field trash" from back when that was an insult intead of a bumper sticker.  In his youth, Sam hustled jugs on seismic crews, busted his knuckles maintaining gas processing plants and broke down old storage units as a roustabout.

Sam has a bacehlor's degree from the old Texas Technological College and a master's degree in mass communications from Texas Tech University.   He's been a news reporter for nearly 40 years and has covered the oil and gas industry since 1977 from Texas to Alaska and from Pennsylvania to California, with occasional sidetracks to Canada, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Romania and the North Sea.

Sam has a trunkload of awards from industry groups and his peers.  He currently is on permanent "Market Watch" for the OGFJ sister publication Oil & Gas Journal.

MARKET WATCH: Oil prices retreat; gas prices continue falling

Aug 5, 2013

Crude and petroleum product futures contracts on Aug. 2 gave back part of their price gains from the previous session while natural gas continued falling, down 9% through last week.

MARKET WATCH: Oil prices rise on bullish US economic data

Aug 2, 2013

Oil prices rose again Aug. 1 in New York and London markets, which analysts said was due to solid economic data coming out of China and the US, giving investors the added confidence that the global economy is headed in the right direction.

MARKET WATCH: Oil prices rise on US economic outlook

Aug 1, 2013

Oil prices rose July 31 in New York and London markets, which analysts attributed to positive US economic indicators and suddenly tightening world oil supplies.

MARKET WATCH: Oil prices continue to waffle

Jul 31, 2013

Oil prices continued retreating with front-month crude down 1.4% in the New York futures market July 30 but rose at midday July 31 after the Energy Information Administration reported the first increase in US crude inventories in 5 weeks. Natural gas prices continued to slide, down 0.4% at yesterday’s close.

MARKET WATCH: US crude futures slip lower; gas continues to fall

Jul 30, 2013

US benchmark crude slipped to a 3-week low July 29, and front-month natural gas dropped 3% in the New York market with cooler weather forecast for the Midwest and Northeast.

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Revenue, net income show small increases in 4Q2012

May 1, 2013 Revenues for the group of publicly-traded US-based companies tracked by Oil & Gas Journal and Oil & Gas Financial Journal grew in the final...

Helix completes sale of oil and gas business

Feb 6, 2013 Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc.has closed the previously announced sale of Energy Resource Technology GOM Inc. (ERT), the company’s oil and gas s...

Revenue, net income drop sharply in 3Q12

Feb 1, 2013 Revenues for the group of publicly-traded US-based companies tracked by Oil & Gas Journal and Oil & Gas Financial Journal continued their d...

WPX Energy makes natural gas discovery in Niobrara formation

Jan 23, 2013 Tulsa, OK-based oil and gas exploration and production company WPX Energy said January 22 that a recent Niobrara gas discovery in western Colorado ...

Helix to divest oil and gas subsidiary to grow well intervention business

Dec 13, 2012 International offshore energy company Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc. has agreed to sell its oil and gas subsidiary to privately-held upstream oi...


FourPoint raises $1B in capital, partners with EnerVest in Anadarko Basin

Jan 31, 2014 FourPoint Energy LLC has acquired certain producing and undeveloped oil and gas properties and related midstream assets in the Western Anadarko Bas...

OGFJ100P company update

Jul 11, 2013 Independent research firm IHS Herold Inc. has provided OGFJ with updated production data for our periodic ranking of US-based private E&P compa...

Maverick Brothers Energy gets $35M in equity capital from Post Oak Energy

Apr 8, 2013 Post Oak Energy Capital LP, through investment partnerships it manages, has commitment of $35 million in equity capital to privately held explorati...

Midstates Petroleum to acquire Anadarko Basin assets from Panther Energy

Apr 4, 2013

OGFJ100P company update

Jan 1, 2013 Independent research firm IHS Herold Inc. has provided OGFJ with updated production data for our periodic ranking of US-based private E&P compa...

Oil & Gas Companies

Shell reports Malaysia deepwater gas discovery

Shell has announced an exploration discovery offshore Malaysia. The successful Rosmari-1 well is located 135 kilometers offshore in Block SK318, and was drilled to a total depth of 2,123 meters.

Cunningham Energy plans ‘Dragon’s Breath’ horizontal well program

Cunningham Energy LLC is planning three additional new shallow horizontal oil wells to be drilled in Clay County, West Virginia, from the “Dragon’s Breath” pad, with specified measured depths ranging from 4,750 feet to 5,200 feet.

L&L Energy to voluntarily delist from NASDAQ

L&L Energy Inc., a US-based company with energy (coal) operations in China, has notified NASDAQ Stock Market LLC of its intention to voluntarily delist its common stock (LLEN) from the NASDAQ.

Weatherford to move headquarters to Ireland

Weatherford International Ltd. has made plans to move its corporate headquarters from Switzerland to Ireland, after the Swiss government handed investors authority to rein in top-level executive pay.

Cantex Energy announces new president, headquarters

Cantex Energy Corp. reports that its board of directors has hired Paul Henley as CEO and president. Additionally, the company’s corporate headquarters will be moved to Dallas, Texas.

Weatherford to cut back Venezuela operations

This year, Weatherford International Ltd. plans to reduce its operations in Venezuela, while expanding its operations in Russia, according to Reuters.

Oil Basins receives grant for Derby Block

The Western Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum has confirmed to Oil Basins Ltd. that the grant of the Derby Block (formerly 5/07-EP), as Permit EP 487, has been made for a period of six years.

Top 10 Year-to-Date Production ranked by BOE
(as published in January 2014)

1 Samson Investment Co. 32,181,116
2 Merit Energy Co.
3 Hilcorp Energy Co.
4 GeoSouthern Energy Corp.
5 Yates Petroleum Corp.
6 Mewbourne Oil Co.
7 LLOG Exploration Co. 12,205,680
8 Endeavor Energy Resources
9 Sheridan Production Co. LLC
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