1,344 wells drilled with a total footage of 15,670,916 ft. A 15% decline from the 1981 total of 1,578 wells. Wildcat drilling discovered 12 significant new fields: 5 fields producing from Miocene sands, 5 fields producing from Oligocene Frio or Hackberry sands, and 2 fields producing from Eocene Cockfield and Wilcox sands.--Modified journal abstract.

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