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The founder of Petrohawk Energy Corp. took the company from $0 to $15 billion in seven years. Here's how.

Encouraged by success stories on the Louisiana side of the Haynesville shale, operators in East Texas are taking a turn in the spotlight.

When legendary oilman Haroldson Lafayette (H.L.) Hunt sold his gambling hall in Arkansas in the 1920s and reinvested the proceeds into the emerging oil patch, he set into motion a near century-long saga of events that would make the East Texas wildcatter one of the world’s richest men and inspire a hit TV show.