Gulf of Mexico drilling dilemma?

A growing gas shortage and an aging jackup fleet may leave the Gulf of Mexico deep shelf developers in a bind.

Bill Pike

Years ago (just take it at that) I drilled a well in the Gulf of Mexico that involved a number of sidetracks (less than 10). In the process of trying to drill what would have been the world's most expensive well at that time, we lost a source in the hole. The United States Geological Survey - regulatory precursor to the Minerals Management Service - when duly notified, instructed us to secure a plaque to the hull of the rig noting there was a radioactive device underneath the rig. The...

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