Our History

1963: Founder Lew Ward drills his first well in Garfield County, Oklahoma.

1963-1984: Ward builds its leasehold position in the Anadarko Basin.

1979-83: Ward forms multiple service companies and grows to more than 200 employees.

Mid 1980s: Ward moves into the deep Anadarko Basin.

Early 1990s: Ward enters the Arkoma Basin.

1996: Bill Ward is named President & COO.

Late 1990s: Ward focuses on its core exploration and development business, divests of most service companies.

Mid 1990s-2005: Ward makes multiple strategic acquisitions.

2000-2008: Natural gas drives the oil and gas industry. Ward acquires more than 1,000 square miles of 3-D seismic and explores the deep, complex mountain front of the Anadarko Basin, drilling up to 23,000 feet.

2007: Ward drills its first horizontal well in the Anadarko Basin. More than 90% of wells drilled since are horizontal.

2008: Ward opens its Rockies office and builds Rockies assets with a focus on liquids-rich plays.

2008: Ward opens office in Fort Collins, Colorado.

2010: Ward acquires its first operated property in the Rockies.

2013: Ward adopts a new growth strategy, focusing on projects with 5-10 MMBOE of de-risked resource potential.

2014: Ward drills its first operated well in the Rockies (includes a 2-mile lateral).