The past year, through Nov. 30, saw 985 horizontal drilling permits issued by the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC). This is a major increase over the 200 issued in the prior 6 years, 1984-1989. The first permit, in 1984, was issued to Exxon's Cook's Point Unit No. 1 well, drilled in the Austin chalk of the Giddings field. The original classification by the RRC called the well directional. But with horizontal wells now looked upon as distinctive types of holes, RRC is including the well in its horizontal well listing. The RRC lists the yearly number of permits issued, as follows: 1984 1 ...

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