U.S. INDEPENDENTS RESPOND TO MARKET RACES

Several U.S. independent producers plan to hike 1990 capital outlays mainly because the Middle East crisis has improved the outlook for oil and gas production. But action by another independent reflects the summer doldrums in spot wellhead gas prices. Questar Corp., Salt Lake City, will spend 15% more this year than it earlier planned because of what it foresees as increased U.S. gas usage due to environmental and national security concerns.

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