Total exploratory drilling in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia increased 11.3% from 1980. A total of 415 tests was drilled, compared with 373 in 1980, and new-field discoveries increased 33.3%, from 30 to 40. The new-field success rate was 9.8%, compared with 8.7% in 1980. Mississippi was the most active state, with 330 exploratory tests and 35 of the new-field discoveries. Total drilling in the southeastern states, including both exploratory and development wells, was 971, compared to 827 in 1980, a 17.4% increase.--Modified journal abstract.

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