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Release Date: September 27, 2012

Table 4.6 Crude Oil and Natural Gas Exploratory Wells, 1949-2010
Table 4.6  Crude Oil and Natural Gas Exploratory Wells, 1949-2010




Year
Wells Drilled
Successful
Wells
Footage Drilled 1 Average Footage Drilled
Crude Oil 2 Natural Gas 3 Dry Holes 4 Total Crude Oil 2 Natural Gas 3 Dry Holes 4 Total Crude Oil 2 Natural Gas 3 Dry Holes 4 Total
Number Percent Thousand Feet Feet per Well
1949 1,406 424 7,228 9,058 20.2 5,950 2,409 26,439 34,798 4,232 5,682 3,658 3,842
1950 1,583 431 8,292 10,306 19.5 6,862 2,356 30,957 40,175 4,335 5,466 3,733 3,898
1951 1,763 454 9,539 11,756 18.9 8,125 2,496 38,723 49,344 4,609 5,497 4,059 4,197
1952 1,776 559 10,090 12,425 18.8 8,491 3,394 43,731 55,615 4,781 6,071 4,334 4,476
1953 1,981 699 10,633 13,313 20.1 9,432 3,952 47,280 60,664 4,761 5,654 4,447 4,557
1954 1,985 726 10,389 13,100 20.7 9,409 4,399 45,792 59,601 4,740 6,059 4,408 4,550
1955 2,236 874 11,832 14,942 20.8 10,774 5,212 53,220 69,206 4,819 5,964 4,498 4,632
1956 2,267 822 13,118 16,207 19.1 11,111 5,179 58,047 74,337 4,901 6,301 4,425 4,587
1957 1,945 865 11,904 14,714 19.1 9,794 5,967 53,420 69,181 5,036 6,898 4,488 4,702
1958 1,745 822 10,632 13,199 19.4 8,712 5,472 47,300 61,484 4,993 6,657 4,449 4,658
1959 1,702 912 10,577 13,191 19.8 8,545 6,031 48,676 63,253 5,021 6,613 4,602 4,795
1960 1,321 868 9,515 11,704 18.7 6,829 5,466 43,535 55,831 5,170 6,298 4,575 4,770
1961 1,157 813 9,022 10,992 17.9 5,900 5,250 43,293 54,442 5,099 6,457 4,799 4,953
1962 1,211 771 8,815 10,797 18.4 6,205 5,187 42,223 53,616 5,124 6,728 4,790 4,966
1963 1,314 664 8,686 10,664 18.5 6,409 4,230 42,847 53,485 4,878 6,370 4,933 5,016
1964 1,219 557 8,951 10,727 16.6 6,715 4,204 44,578 55,497 5,509 7,547 4,980 5,174
1965 946 515 8,005 9,466 15.4 5,366 3,757 40,081 49,204 5,672 7,295 5,007 5,198
1966 1,196 698 8,419 10,313 18.4 6,817 5,808 43,084 55,709 5,700 8,321 5,117 5,402
1967 986 532 7,360 8,878 17.1 5,678 3,979 38,182 47,839 5,758 7,478 5,188 5,388
1968 954 486 7,439 8,879 16.2 5,642 3,741 41,575 50,958 5,914 7,697 5,589 5,739
1969 1,084 616 8,001 9,701 17.5 6,563 4,985 45,918 57,466 6,054 8,092 5,739 5,924
1970 757 477 6,162 7,396 16.7 4,729 3,678 35,123 43,530 6,247 7,695 5,700 5,885
1971 659 470 5,952 7,081 15.9 3,786 3,610 34,499 41,895 5,745 7,649 5,796 5,915
1972 685 656 6,134 7,475 17.9 4,028 4,847 36,081 44,956 5,880 7,400 5,882 6,015
1973 642 1,067 5,952 7,661 22.3 4,008 7,038 34,571 45,618 6,243 6,596 5,808 5,955
1974 859 1,190 6,833 8,882 23.1 5,029 7,683 38,603 51,315 5,855 6,456 5,649 5,777
1975 982 1,248 7,129 9,359 23.8 5,806 8,422 40,448 54,677 5,913 6,748 5,674 5,842
1976 1,086 1,346 6,772 9,204 26.4 6,527 9,121 37,969 53,617 6,010 6,777 5,607 5,825
1977 1,164 1,548 7,283 9,995 27.1 6,870 10,255 40,823 57,949 5,902 6,625 5,605 5,798
1978 1,171 1,771 7,965 10,907 27.0 7,105 11,798 46,295 65,197 6,067 6,662 5,812 5,978
1979 1,321 1,907 7,437 10,665 30.3 7,941 12,643 42,512 63,096 6,011 6,630 5,716 5,916
1980 1,777 2,099 9,081 12,957 29.9 10,177 13,862 50,249 74,288 5,727 6,604 5,533 5,733
1981 2,651 2,522 12,400 17,573 29.4 15,515 17,079 69,214 101,808 5,853 6,772 5,582 5,793
1982 2,437 2,133 11,307 15,877 28.8 13,413 14,763 60,680 88,856 5,504 6,921 5,367 5,597
1983 2,030 1,605 10,206 13,841 26.3 10,437 10,264 48,989 69,690 5,141 6,395 4,800 5,035
1984 2,209 1,528 11,321 15,058 24.8 12,294 9,935 58,624 80,853 5,565 6,502 5,178 5,369
1985 1,680 1,200 8,954 11,834 24.3 9,854 8,144 47,604 65,602 5,865 6,787 5,317 5,544
1986 1,084 797 5,567 7,448 25.3 6,579 5,401 30,325 42,305 6,069 6,777 5,447 5,680
1987 926 756 5,052 6,734 25.0 5,652 5,064 26,746 37,462 6,104 6,698 5,294 5,563
1988 855 747 4,711 6,313 25.4 5,286 4,992 27,079 37,357 6,182 6,683 5,748 5,917
1989 607 706 3,934 5,247 25.0 3,659 4,664 21,947 30,270 6,028 6,606 5,579 5,769
1990 778 811 3,652 5,241 30.3 R 5,316 R 5,740 R 20,761 R 31,817 R 6,833 R 7,078 R 5,685 R 6,071
1991 673 649 3,191 4,513 29.3 4,470 R 4,619 18,049 R 27,138 6,642 R 7,117 5,656 6,013
1992 571 513 2,384 3,468 31.3 R 3,959 3,544 13,058 R 20,561 R 6,933 6,908 5,477 R 5,929
1993 539 610 2,334 3,483 33.0 R 3,572 R 3,950 R 13,465 R 20,987 R 6,627 R 6,475 R 5,769 R 6,026
1994 595 782 2,247 3,624 38.0 3,971 R 5,121 R 13,306 R 22,398 6,674 R 6,549 5,922 R 6,180
1995 570 558 2,024 3,152 35.8 R 3,927 R 3,494 R 11,927 R 19,348 R 6,889 R 6,262 5,893 R 6,138
1996 489 576 1,956 3,021 35.3 R 3,650 R 3,902 12,137 R 19,689 R 7,464 R 6,774 6,205 R 6,517
1997 491 562 2,113 3,166 33.3 R 3,946 R 4,022 R 13,485 R 21,453 R 8,037 R 7,157 R 6,382 R 6,776
1998 327 566 1,590 2,483 36.0 2,740 R 4,068 R 10,836 R 17,644 8,379 R 7,187 R 6,815 R 7,106
1999 197 570 1,157 1,924 39.9 1,433 R 3,997 7,687 R 13,117 7,274 R 7,012 6,644 R 6,818
2000 288 657 1,341 2,286 41.3 2,103 R 4,798 R 9,147 R 16,048 7,302 R 7,303 R 6,821 R 7,020
2001 357 1,052 1,733 3,142 44.8 R 2,608 R 7,323 R 11,458 R 21,389 R 7,305 R 6,961 R 6,612 R 6,807
2002 258 844 1,282 2,384 46.2 R 1,742 R 5,701 R 8,687 R 16,130 R 6,752 R 6,755 R 6,776 R 6,766
2003 350 997 1,297 2,644 50.9 R 2,446 R 6,569 R 8,810 R 17,825 R 6,989 R 6,589 R 6,793 R 6,742
2004 383 1,671 1,350 3,404 60.3 R 3,098 R 9,988 R 9,331 R 22,417 R 8,089 R 5,977 R 6,912 R 6,585
2005 539 R 2,141 1,462 R 4,142 64.7 R 4,252 R 12,208 R 9,359 R 25,819 R 7,889 R 5,702 R 6,402 R 6,233
2006 R 646 R 2,456 R 1,547 R 4,649 R 66.7 R 4,710 R 13,987 R 9,745 R 28,442 R 7,291 R 5,695 R 6,299 R 6,118
2007 R 806 R 2,794 R 1,582 R 5,182 R 69.5 R 5,790 R 15,658 R 10,102 R 31,550 R 7,184 R 5,604 R 6,386 R 6,088
2008 R 892 R 2,345 R 1,715 R 4,952 R 65.4 R 7,088 R 14,276 R 10,500 R 31,864 R 7,946 R 6,088 R 6,122 R 6,435
2009 R 612 R 1,196 R 1,052 R 2,860 R 63.2 R 4,711 R 8,499 R 6,443 R 19,653 R 7,698 R 7,106 R 6,125 R 6,872
2010 R 668 R 1,044 R 1,093 R 2,805 R 61.0 R 6,099 R 9,226 R 6,192 R 21,517 R 9,130 R 8,837 R 5,665 R 7,671
1See "Footage Drilled" in Glossary. R=Revised.  
2See "Crude Oil Well" in Glossary. Notes:  -  2011 data for this table were not available in time for publication.  -  Data are estimates.
-  Data are for exploratory wells only; see Table 4.5 for exploratory and development wells combined, and
Table 4.7 for development wells only.  -  For 1949-1959, data represent wells completed in a given year.
For 1960-1969, data are for well completion reports received by the American Petroleum Institute (API)
during the reporting year.  For 1970 forward, the data represent wells completed in a given year.  The
as-received well completion data for recent years are incomplete due to delays in the reporting of wells
drilled.  The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) therefore statistically imputes the missing data.
-  Totals may not equal sum of components due to independent rounding.  Average depth may not equal
average of components due to independent rounding.
3See "Natural Gas Well" in Glossary. Web Pages:  -  See http://www.eia.gov/totalenergy/data/monthly/#crude for updated monthly and annual
data.  -  See http://www.eia.gov/petroleum/ for related information.
4See "Dry Hole" in Glossary. Sources:  -  1949-1965-Gulf Publishing Company, World Oil, "Forecast-Review" issue.
-  1966-1969-American Petroleum Institute (API), Quarterly Review of Drilling Statistics for the United
States, annual summaries and monthly reports.  -  1970-1989-EIA computations based on well reports
submitted to the API.  -  1990 forward-EIA computations based on well reports submitted to IHS, Inc.,
Denver, CO.
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