New Marcellus/Utica Driller in WV: Standard Oil Co.

A 16 year-old company, Standard Oil Co of West Virginia, has just purchased the assets of Mountain Country Partners for an undisclosed amount of money for 12,750 acres in Roane County, along with interests in about 395 oil and gas wells in Roane and Gilmer counties. Standard bought out Mountain Country Partners in bankruptcy court. With the new acreage, Standard now owns more than 30,000 acres in WV, OH and KY, with the majority of it in WV. According to Standard’s CEO Andrew Zelnar, the company has “substantial Marcellus and Utica shale leases” that it intends to begin drilling after the company floats an initial public offering to raise cash…

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