Technology Marches On

By December 17, 2007Energy

The Zeitgeist comes to appreciate technology’s progress in the oil and gas sector.

Technological advances and Americans’ hearty appetite for natural gas have given Anadarko Petroleum Corp. the opportunity to break new ground — literally and figuratively — in this remote, rugged region of the Rocky Mountains.

On a cliff several hundred feet above the White River, Texas-based Anadarko is drilling 17 wells from a single location — a dozen more than it’s drilled from a single site in the past.

Rather than spread the wells across the landscape, they’ll be concentrated in a relatively small area. The ultimate goal is to snake the drill bit thousands of feet into the earth, tapping natural-gas supplies beneath the river.

Increased efficiency and environmental sensitivity, possible because of, gasp, profits.

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