May 2011, Vol. 238 No. 5


ONEOK Gathering & Processing Predates Shale Plays

In this interview, David Scharf, president of ONEOK Natural Gas Gathering & Processing, notes that ONEOK is certainly no stranger to the shale play. P&GJ: When and why did ONEOK first become involved in the shale play? Scharf: ONEOK acquired natural gas gathering and processing assets operating in the Williston Basin and western Oklahoma through a series of strategic acquisitions dating back to 2000, well before the shale plays (Bakken and Woodford, respectively) developed in these areas. P&GJ: To date, how much of your activity is focused on shale and do you see this increasing in the next five years? How much of your overall budget are you allocating to shal

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