Exploratory drilling in the Atlantic Coastal Plain declined slightly in 1982. Five wells were spudded, 4 on Georges Bank and 1 in south-central coastal New Jersey. Eight wells completed in 1982, all dry. 387 tracts offered for lease. Bids of $7,209,300 were received on 28 tracts, and 26 tracts were actually leased. The level of seismic data acquisition increased 50% over 1981 to 36,820 line-mi.--Modified journal abstract.