Mission, Vision & Core Values

Our Vision

Our corporate motto, “Strive for Excellence” is more than just words. At U.S. Energy Development Corporation it is a way of life. Over the past 40 years U.S. Energy has pioneered a unique project development approach that focuses on the development of energy projects  throughout onshore North America but only invests in the projects that our collective experience tells us will have a high potential for success for our partners in the long run.

U.S. Energy has a reputation for integrity, objectivity and professional excellence.  We look forward with tremendous optimism that direct energy investments will continue to be an attractive option for investors looking for asset diversification, income potential and tax advantages.


Our Mission

To fulfill our mission of providing world-class direct energy investments, U.S. Energy has built its corporate culture on six specific core values.  These core values not only dictate our day-to-day activity and decision making processes, but also ensure the entire company is aligned in our purpose to provide superior results for our partners through performance and communication.

Core Values

An Industry Leader In The

Design and Structure

of Direct Energy Investments

Our History

Founded in 1980, U.S. Energy Development Corporation (U.S. Energy) is a privately held exploration and production (E&P) firm that manages assets for itself and its partners. For more than four decades, U.S Energy has blended operational and financial innovation with a forward-looking approach. U.S. Energy has invested in, operated and/or drilled approximately 4,000 wells in 13 states and Canada and deployed more than $2 billion on behalf of its partners.



Our Founding

Joseph and Judy Jayson formed U.S. Energy Development Corporation as a successor to Oilmark & Company, Inc., which was founded in 1978. Both companies were successful operators of oil & gas wells located throughout the Appalachian Basin in Western NY and Northwestern PA.



The company begins to drill wells outside of the Appalachian Basin and expands into new areas including Texas, Louisiana, Kansas, and the province of Ontario, Canada. During this time, U.S. Energy is also growing through the acquisition of existing wells utilizing a disciplined investment strategy focused on risk mitigation, economic performance, and tax advantages.


Positioning for the Future

Increases in world-wide oil and gas prices result in more demand for capital for the oil & gas industry. During this time, U.S. Energy expands its operations by adding additional joint venture partners, increasing its acreage positions, and bolstering its field and corporate staff. The company positions itself for the future energy needs of America.


The Shale Revolution

Technological advances in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, create additional opportunities for oil & gas development throughout the United States. U.S. Energy continues a rapid expansion in shale formations in Texas, Oklahoma, North Dakota and Pennsylvania.



Today, you can find U.S. Energy actively involved in operated and non-operated acquisitions of producing oil & gas wells and undeveloped acreage throughout the United States, with recent operations focused on the Eagle Ford Shale, Powder River Basin and the Permian Basin.

    Since 1980, U.S. Energy has invested in, operated, and/or drilled more than 2,400 wells in 13 states and Canada; deploying over $1.5 billion on behalf of our partners.


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