Total drilling in the Four Corners-Intermountain area during 1973 was up from 1972. Development drilling increased significantly, and success rates were higher than in 1972. Exploratory drilling decreased, and success rates were lower than in 1972.

The increased prices for crude oil and natural gas paid to producers should result in increased exploration and development throughout the area during 1974. However, rig and casing shortages could slow the anticipated increase in drilling activity.

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