Explorers 2014: Caelus Energy takes over Pioneer assets in Alaska

As its name implies, Pioneer Natural Resources Inc. has led trends.

The Texas-based independent arrived in Alaska in the early 2000s determined to bring a leaner and more agile approach to resource development in the Arctic. The mid-sized company had recently accomplished as much in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and saw an opportunity to tackle another tough but rewarding domestic basin: the North Slope.

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