W&T Offshore Inc is a Texas corporation originally organized as a Nevada corporation in 1988, and successor by merger to W&T Oil Properties, Inc., a Louisiana corporation organized in 1983. The Company is an oil and natural gas producer. It is engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of oil and natural gas properties in the Gulf of Mexico and onshore in Texas. Its onshore activities have been primarily in the Permian Basin of West Texas. It has developed technical expertise and high production rates associated with hydrocarbon deposits that have historically provided it to achieve a return on its invested capital. The Company has acquired rights to explore and develop new prospects and acquired existing oil and natural gas properties in both the deep water and the deep shelf, while at the same time continuing its focus on the conventional shelf. The Company has interests in offshore leases covering approximately 1.1 million gross acres spanning across the outer continental shelf off the coasts of Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Alabama. The Company sells its oil, NGLs and natural gas to third-party purchasers. The Company is not dependent upon, or contractually limited to, any one purchaser or small group of purchasers. The Company competes with numerous entities, including domestic and foreign oil companies, other independent oil and natural gas concerns and individual producers and operators. Various aspects of its oil and natural gas operations are subject to extensive and continually changing regulation as legislation affecting the oil and natural gas industry is under constant review for amendment or expansion.