POLICY MUST NOT LAG TECHNOLOGY

When policy lags technology, destructive confusion can result. It hasn't happened yet, but the petroleum industry has a new set of drilling techniques that might, in some areas, leave policy choking in a cloud of dust. Horizontal drilling is catching on around the world. The basic technology isn't new. But it has been refined by improvements in subtechnologies such as measurement while drilling, downhole motors, and slotted liner completions.

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