OPERATORS PLAN U.S. DRILLING INCREASE IN 1990

John C. McCaslin Exploration Editor Operators expect to drill more wells in the U.S. this year than they did in 1989, when crude oil prices increased nearly 21%. The oil industry last year drilled more. wells than the 27,935 completions forecast at midyear but not as many as the 36,500 predicted at the year's start. The average Baker Hughes rig count last year sagged to a modern record low of 869.

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