Bids are more than $16,000 an acre for a piece of the Powder River Basin's stacked payzones, ranging from Teapot to Tensleep with a whole lot of Niobrara between. These operators Samson Resources II and Peak Exploration & Production describe why the basin is so prolific and is increasingly highly economic.


  • Matthew Phillips, vice president of engineering and operations for Samson Resources II LLC; and
  • Jack Vaughn, chairman and CEO of Peak Exploration & Production LLC


  • Emily Patsy, associate managing editor at Hart Energy