Total development and exploratory wells drilled, including natural gas, coalbed methane, crude oil, crude bitumen and other wells.
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PUBLISHED - Mar 2, 2018
The number of exploratory and development wells drilled in December 2017 increased 9.7% from the same period a year ago, from 339 to 372. All well types, except exploratory oil and gas wells (-72.7% and -33.3%), experienced gains. Development gas, oil and bitumen wells, which collectively made up 90.2% of wells drilled in December, increased 7.2%, 22.7%, and 14.5% respectively. Overall 85.6% more wells were drilled in 2017 compared to 2016, increasing from 2,638 to 4,896.