Good Well Hunting

Indie oil hunter Mark Herndon makes the play of his career: drilling a horizontal well beneath Boone Pickens Stadium. Photographs by Brent Humphreys/Redux

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An 'unconventional stratagraphic play'
Petroleum geologist Mark Herndon at the wellhead on the outskirts of Stillwater, Okla. Two decades ago, Herndon had a fleeting moment of inspiration about an "unconventional stratagraphic play": drilling for oil a mile below Sillwater's city surface.

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