Wildcatters test the deep Anadarko basin: Pioneering spirit leads to record-depth wells ///

At the start of the 1970s, the U.S. petroleum industry was stuck between a rock and a hard place. The government had stripped producers of several key tax incentives, was limiting drilling on federal lands, and withholding approval of a crude oil pipeline across Alaska. Adding to the hardship, most of the supergiant U.S. oil fields had long been discovered, and production in these mature provinces was in steep decline.

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