In Texas lore, the infamous wildcatter H.L. Hunt is said to have served as the inspiration for the larger-than-life character of J.R. Ewing from the 80s TV series Dallas, if only for Hunt’s tycoon fortunes generated in the oil fields. His legacy of striking gold in the Eagle Ford during the 1930s catapulted the Hunt family into near infamy as Hunt Oil made discovery after discovery in the East Texas and North La., play, which later opened the door to international hunts across the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, Australia and Europe.
Hunt Oil Co. is an independent oil and gas company headquartered in Dallas, Texas. It conducts its main oil production activities in the United States, Canada and, as of 1984, in Yemen. In the past, the company was owned by american oil tycoon Haroldson Lafayette Hunt.
Then, in 2014, just as the Permian was catching fire, the Dallas-based company sold its mostly gas Eagle Ford assets and shifted attention from the East to oil-rich West Texas. Last year, Hunt filed for 79 drilling permits in the Permian and another seven last week where its wells produced 11.5 million barrels of oil in the first 11 months of 2019.
As one of the largest privately-owned independent oil companies in the world, Hunt Oil Company also maintains large land positions and active drilling programs in the Bakken and Marcellus and continues to identify early entries into new resource plays. Hunt’s international footprint includes upstream, midstream and downstream operations, as well as significant LNG investments in Yemen and Peru—the first for both countries.
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