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Exploratory drilling in the Four Corners-Intermountain area remained essentially unchanged in 1982, with 343 wells drilled compared with 335 wells in 1981. Ninety-nine successful wells were completed for a success rate of 28.86%, down from 38.5% in 1981. Total exploratory footage drilled was down 5% from 1981, with 1,881,494 ft drilled in all exploratory categories.
With 1,124 holes drilled, development drilling decreased 20.5% from 1981. Most of the decrease is due to a depressed gas market affecting San Juan basin infill drilling. There were no significant discoveries in the region for 1982. Exploratory drilling in the Paradox basin remains high, with numerous discoveries reported at year end.
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