About Us

Dunn Exploration Company, LLC (“DEX”) is a leading privately held oil and gas exploration and production company with approximately 25 employees. DEX’s primary exploration focus is onshore south Louisiana. Founded in 2008, DEX has drilled as Operator over eighty (80) wells in south Louisiana since 2010.

The company is committed to an active conventional exploration and development program in south Louisiana and the upper Texas Gulf Coast with a drilling rig running for the company every day. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, DEX is one of the largest and most active E&P producers in Louisiana, consistently in the top 5 onshore oil producers in the state on an annual basis.

1st in most footage drilled in south Louisiana for calendar years 2021 and 2022

5th largest onshore oil producer in Louisiana for calendar years 2021 and 2022

Our Leadership

Tyson L. Dunn

Founder, Chairman & President

Tyson L. Dunn has over 30 years’ experience in oil and gas exploration and production. He founded DEX in 2008, serves as its Chairman and President, and is actively involved in all phases of its exploration, development, and growth.

Prior to founding DEX, Mr. Dunn spent 10 years with Ballard Exploration Company, Inc. (“Ballard”) as Operations Manager where he drilled over 100 exploration and development wells along the upper Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast. While performing his duties at Ballard, Mr. Dunn also co-founded and managed Ballard Natural Gas, LLC, a subsidiary crude oil and natural gas marketing company.

Mr. Dunn holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A & M University, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets and Ross Volunteer Company. He has been involved with various non-profit organizations in Houston including Theatre Under The Stars and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Tyson Dunn

Board of Directors

Tyson L. Dunn


Joe Van Matre

P. Embry Canterbury

Company Philosophy & Culture

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Committed to growth through the drill bit

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Re-invest cash flow in exploration

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Financially strong with minimal debt

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Hyper-focused on south Louisiana Acadiana

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Over 90% of current production from internally generated prospects

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Landowners and service companies are valuable partners

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Honesty and integrity in all aspects of our business is a must

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Experienced and proven Operator

Learn more about our company philosophy and culture in action as discussed by Tyson Dunn in the Summer 2023 issue of “LOGA Industry Report”.

“South Louisiana is not an easy place for exploration drilling, but the reward is there if you commit to it."