About Us

History Prairie Companies was founded in 2011 by Patrick Hughes. Over the years, Prairie has survived the oil boom and grew a thriving business. In 2015, we expanded into the Powder River Basin of Casper, WY. We launched our water business in 2018 and started hauling in the Delaware Basin down in Orla, TX. Today, Prairie is the oil field hauling and logistics leader in the basins where we operate.



Around here, safety comes first. We believe in doing the job right and getting each and every one of our drivers home to their families after every haul. And it’s not just the words, we put this belief into action with rigorous training, accountability and weekly bonuses for drivers with a commitment to safety—not just for themselves, but everyone out on the roads.



We’re not pencil-pushers or bureaucrats. We’re out on the roads doing the job that needs to be done. Everyone at Prairie takes pride in their work and aren’t scared to roll up their sleeves and get the job done right. We’re a team of independent, tough, hard-working do-ers who have the mettle to tackle a tough job. Whether it’s in the office, in the shop or out on the road, the team at Prairie are the kind of folks you can count on.



We are the vital link between America’s energy producers and the consumers that rely on them. And when that many people are counting on you, you’ve got to do the job right. At Prairie, a promise made is a promise kept. So, we operate with the real-world knowledge earned over years out in the field. And we keep focusing on growth so our people and our customers know we’ll be here, hauling oil, for years to come.


Where we work

Prairie Companies operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in some of America’s most important and productive energy-producing regions: Wyoming’s Powder River Basin and the southwest region’s Delaware Basin.


How we work

These are places that balance a striking beauty with rugged conditions. Our love of the land where we work and live makes us keenly aware of our environmental responsibility. Our operations are structured to minimize impact on this land.

MANAGEMENT Never afraid to roll up their sleeves and get down to it, the management team pools their collective experience and expertise to build and grow these operations. Under their leadership, Prairie Field Services has become a strong and thriving company.

Patrick Hughes

Chief Executive Officer

A successful serial entrepreneur, Pat has been involved in the oil business since 2009 and continues to spend a significant amount of time in the field, working with operating team members and to better understand the business requirements of Prairie Companies’ customers. His operational focus and commitment to customer service are important elements of corporate culture at every level as is the belief that financial sophistication is a competitive advantage in the field.

Alan Welsh

Chief Operating Officer

Recruited into the company in March, 2016, Alan is a 27-year veteran of the South Dakota Highway Patrol where he achieved the rank of captain. During his tenure with Prairie, he has helped lead the company’s safety programs with emphasis on reliability, consistency and compliance. Alan cites the company’s comprehensive coaching program for drivers for critical improvements in safety. Prairie Field Services is the only company to achieve “Goal Zero” – a full year without an incident – for a key customer. In his current role, Alan oversees all day-to-day aspects of the company’s operations including compliance, training, maintenance, crude and water transport operations, operations support, and dispatch.

Coye Harrett

Director of Operational Analysis

Coye joined Prairie Companies in 2012 and has worked in a variety of roles in the field and in managing the company’s financial activities as the company has grown from hauling just 2,000 barrels of crude to more than 55,000 barrels today. During two years in field operations, Coye worked both dispatch and safety programs as well as handling back-office activities. Today, he uses his extensive field experience to add an important operational perspective to his financial analysis and modeling. This blended perspective gives Coye the ability to understand how theoretical scenarios affect real-world operations and allows the Prairie management team to make better decisions.

John Whitaker

Operating Partner



Contact us today and see how Prairie can deliver for you.