Stone Energy Corp was incorporated in 1993 as a Delaware corporation. The Company is an independent oil and natural gas company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, exploitation, development and operation of oil and gas properties. The Company operates in the Gulf Coast Basin since its incorporation. The Company's operational overview include Gulf of Mexico — Deep Water, Appalachia, Gulf of Mexico — Deep Gas, Gulf of Mexico — Conventional Shelf, and Onshore Oil. Its oil and natural gas production is sold at current market prices under short-term contracts. The Company competes with oil and gas companies and other independent producers of varying sizes, all of which are engaged in the acquisition of properties and the exploration and development of such properties. The Company's oil and gas operations are subject to various U.S. federal, state and local laws and regulations.