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About Riley Exploration Group


Founded in January 2012, Riley Exploration Group, Inc. (Riley) is a privately-held exploration and production (E&P) company. With Bobby Riley at the helm, Riley was formed by him, two of his sons, Corey and Kevin, and other seasoned industry executives in partnership with Yorktown Energy Partners IX, LP.

With its headquarters in Blanchard, Oklahoma and two field offices: Serbin office in Giddings, Texas, and Red Fish Bay office in Ingleside, Texas, Riley is focused on the acquisition, exploration, and production of crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids primarily in Texas and Oklahoma.

Under the tenacious and bold leadership of Bobby Riley, Riley has successfully blended entrepreneurial spirit, years of industry experience and talent, and wildcatter instincts to create a strategic advantage in the E&P space. These attributes, combined with its strategic technical expertise, have allowed Riley to succeed in operational execution and acumen.

Four Generations of Oilmen

With four generations of oilmen in the family, exploration and production is second nature to the Riley’s. Following in the oilfield footsteps of his father and grandfather, Bobby Riley was always interested in oil and gas, but found his true passion in exploration and production when he drilled his first well in 1984.

An avid book collector, Bobby Riley boasts an extensive collection of historical accounts and biographies from the oil and gas industry with his earliest book dating back to 1896. Bobby uses this wealth of knowledge to learn from and understand the past to chart the future by applying and adapting old principals to the new industry landscape.

The solidification of a thriving family partnership began in 2004 when Corey, Bobby’s oldest son, was hired on as his first employee. Following that first efficacious venture, they, along with Kevin another of Bobby’s sons, formed Riley Exploration, LLC, in 2007 where they successfully developed acreage in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale. Ultimately, Riley Exploration Group, LLC was formed in 2012.

While with growth and addition of new team members comes change, Riley remains committed to operating its business on its founding principles, and appreciates the importance of relationships, trust and the advantage that an entrepreneurial work environment can bring to a company’s bottom line.

Mission & Values

Riley Exploration Group, Inc. is an oil and gas exploration company that creates shareholder value through our team of dedicated professionals who focus on being fiscally responsible in our strategic exploration and production of hydrocarbons while respecting our neighbors, our community and the environment. We view mineral owners as integral partners in our endeavors as we develop our common interests.

We operate in an ethical, fair and transparent manner in all we do, and are dedicated to cultivating a work environment that is based on team work and prioritizes the health and safety of each of our employees.