MOBIL PERSISTS IN CAMPAIGN TO DRILL OFF NORTH CAROLINA

Patrick Crow Washington Editor A struggle to obtain a permit to drill a wildcat off North Carolina is setting precedents for the U.S. petroleum industry, Minerals Management Service, and state governments. For 3 years, Mobil Oil Corp. and partners have been seeking MMS approval to drill a test on their Manteo prospect, an offshore structure Mobil believes could contain 5 tcf of gas.

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