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Kentucky's 'strippers' contribute significantly to nation's energy mix

Rudy Vo­gt saw it was time for a change. It was 2005, and the shale re­volu­tion was get­ting un­der way. Massive num­bers of new nat­ur­al gas wells were be­ing drilled in places like Pennsylvania’s Mar­cel­lus Shale, which have dra­mat­ic­ally in­creased do­mest­ic sup­plies and helped to drive con­sumer costs to his­tor­ic lows.

For Vo­gt and his part­ner, who own a small Ken­tucky-based en­ergy com­pany, Cum­ber­land Val­ley Re­sources, it cre­ated a chal­lenge. Be­cause much of their busi­ness was com­par­at­ively low-volume nat­ur­al gas pro­duc­tion, it got harder to make money when high-pro­du­cing shale plays like the Mar­cel­lus, Eagle Ford and oth­ers came on­line. They de­cided to di­ver­si­fy in­to oil.

“We star­ted see­ing the writ­ing on the wall with gas and thought this might be a good time,” said Vo­gt.

Not long after, the com­pany pur­chased a slew of tiny oil wells across east Ken­tucky, most of which pro­duced just a few bar­rels a day. And just like that, Vo­gt and his part­ner had be­come strip­pers.

Strip­pers are the mom-and-pop op­er­a­tions of the oil in­dustry. Thou­sands of op­er­at­ors run an es­tim­ated 771,000 so-called strip­per wells (oil and nat­ur­al gas) across the U.S., ac­cord­ing to the Na­tion­al Strip­per Well As­so­ci­ation (NSWA).
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