A version of this story appears in the April 2018 edition of Oil and Gas Investor. Subscribe to the magazine here.

The view from the top—captured by a hovering drone’s camera—lays out Alta Mesa Resources Inc.’s (NASDAQ: AMR) intricate operations near the gentle bend of the Cimarron River in Kingfisher County, Okla.

Alta Mesa has brought clean lines of orderliness, flattened smooth with use, to a wooded stretch of Oklahoma’s Stack play.

To CEO Hal Chappelle the picture conjures Richard Scarry’s children’s books—a mix of color and dutiful busy rabbits and police bears navigating airports and bus stations, offering children “a thousand things for their little eyes to see,” he said.

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