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Improving Gas Well Drilling and Completion with High Energy Lasers Brian C. Gahan Gas Technology Institute Drilling for Oil and Gas in the US Oil and Gas W ells Drilled, 1985-2000 Exploratory and Development Total Footage Drilled (Millions of Feet) Total Wells Drilled Per Year (000) Total Foot a ge Drilled (Oil, Gas, & Dry Holes) Petroleum Total Wells Completed