Drillers Piling Up More Debt Than Oil Hunting Fortunes in Shale #eagleford

Floyd Wilson raps his fingertips against the polished conference table. He’s just been asked, for a second time, how he reacted when his Halcon Resources Corp. HK wrote off $1.2 billion last year after disappointing results in two key prospects.Wilson once told investors that the acreage might contain the equivalent of 1.2 billion barrels of oil. He fixes his interlocutor with a blue-eyed stare and leans forward. At 67, he bench-presses 250 pounds 110 kilograms and looks it. Outside the expansive windows of his 67th-floor executive suite, downtown Houston steams in its July smog.He responds, unsmiling, with a one-syllable obscenity: “F—.”Wilson has reason to curse, Bloomberg Markets magazine will report in its October issue. On the wall behind him hang framed stock certificates of the four public energy companies he’s built in his 44-year career. The third, Petrohawk Energy Corp., discovered the Eagle Ford shale, now the second-most-prolific oil formation in the country. He sold Petrohawk three years ago for $15.1 billion.Then came Halcon. Since Wilson took over as chairman and chief executive officer in February 2012, the company’s shares have dropped by about half, trading at $5.67 on Sept. 5.

via Drillers Piling Up More Debt Than Oil Hunting Fortunes in Shale – Bloomberg.

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