DOE TO DEEPEN CALIFORNIA'S DEEPEST WELL

The U.S. Department of Energy plans to deepen California's deepest well in an effort to prove deeper production in Elk Hills field, blanketed by Naval Petroleum Reserve No. 1. DOE's 934-029R well, in the western portion of the field, bottomed at 24,426 ft in 1987 after more than 2 years of drilling. That was 1,715 ft deeper than the previous state record.

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