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Abstract

The Hockley salt dome in Harris County, Texas, is among the largest of the known salt domes of the Gulf Coast region. During the twenty-two years which have elapsed since it was discovered, nearly fifty wells have been drilled on and around it to depths ranging from 200 to 4,600 feet. Although numerous shows of oil, gas, and sulphur have been obtained from this exploration, there is today no commercial production of oil or sulphur from Hockley.

The authors point out that large areas of the cap rock are still untested and may possibly yield sulphur commercially in the future. While there is no prospect of commercial petroleum from the cap rock, there are large off-side areas which remain undrilled and offer some promise.

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