Oil Exploration & Production

 

CountryMark’s strategic objective is to assure a reliable and sustainable supply of local crude to meet CountryMark’s daily refining requirements and produce a quality portfolio of finished products. One of the critical steps in achieving this priority occurred in 2008, when CountryMark began investing in oil exploration and production opportunities in the Illinois Basin. Those early investments led CountryMark, in 2010, to make a greater commitment to its interest in American oil exploration and production. At that time, assets were acquired, employees were hired and Countrymark Energy Resources, LLC, the oil exploration and production subsidiary of Countrymark Cooperative Holding Corp., was formed.

CountryMark’s initial oil production acquisition in 2010 included 750 oil wells that produced 1,100 barrels of oil per day. Through improved oil field operations, oil exploration success and carefully selected acquisition, CountryMark has grown to become one of the largest oil producers in the Illinois Basin. Today, CountryMark operates more than 900 oil wells, producing ~1800 barrels of oil per day.

More than 90% of CountryMark’s oil leases are located in the Illinois Basin, a 60,000 square mile depression in southern Illinois, southern Indiana and western Kentucky. CountryMark also has non-operating oil leases in Kansas and Louisiana.

Unleaded 88 now available at CountryMark terminals
CountryMark, a farmer-owned cooperative, recently added Unleaded 88, a 15 percent ethanol blend to its PLUS gasoline product line-up. The new, higher octane gasoline fuel will be available for purchase at CountryMark fuel terminal locations in Jolietville, Mt. Vernon, Peru and Switz City, Indiana.
 
COVID-19 Public Statement from CountryMark
A message from CountryMark President and CEO Matt Smorch regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus).
 
CountryMark CEO Retires After Lifetime Career in Oil Business
After 17 years as CountryMark's chief executive officer and president, Charlie Smith will retire from the company this December. "Our employees are what makes this company great, and I have been honored to serve them since 2003," said Smith.
 
Smorch will lead CountryMark as next CEO
The CountryMark Board of Directors recently named Matt Smorch as the new president and chief executive officer following the retirement of Charlie Smith effective January 1, 2020.
 
Small Refiner Exemption Protects Jobs without Destruction to Renewable Fuel Demand
As a farmer-owned cooperative, CountryMark serves as a strong advocate and state leader in the marketing of renewable fuels including ethanol and biodiesel blends. Due to disproportionate economic hardship, CountryMark applied for an exemption under the Environmental Protection Agency's Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for 2018 and has notified the EPA of its intent to sue because the EPA has not issued its determination within the timeframe required by law.
 
 

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