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Conference Proceeding

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Presenter: Dr. Bill Eustes, Ph.D., P.E., Department of Petroleum Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO

63 slides

Abstract: What is it, where can it be done and how does it fit into full field development for oil and gas? This segment will set the foundation and bring everyone up to a basic level of understanding of the technology of directional drilling.


Ann J. Morgan


The Rocky Mountain region is seeing a large increase in the amount of exploration and production of oil and gas resources. Many people are interested in the use of directional and horizontal drilling technology but not much is understood about these technologies outside of the oil and gas industry. Many hold out the promise that directional drilling can minimize environmental impacts and the footprint of development. The technological, environmental, legal and policy implications of directional drilling for oil and gas in the Rocky Mountain region are the focus of this workshop.