from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A hole in a mine or quarry in which no water can be used in the drilling process. Such is any hole the mouth of which is at a lower level than the bottom as the drilling proceeds.


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  • They're not like your typical conventional PUD where you could actually have a dry-hole.

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  • In our Oil and Gas segment the quarter's GAAP results included dry-hole expense and impairment of certain gas properties, the development of which is unwarranted because of the current natural gas price environment.

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  • * Says to incur $5.5 mln as cost due to dry well nDec 8 Reuters - Oil and natural gas producer Harvest Natural Resources said it will plug and abandon a well in Block 64 onshore Oman and take a dry-hole charge of $5.5 million in the current quarter.

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  • Anadarko, which incurred $780 million in so-called dry-hole costs last year, is funding deep-water discoveries from Africa to Brazil. -- 2010

  • American Petro-Hunter anticipates drilling the first 7,900 foot test well in September 2009 at an estimated dry-hole drilling cost of $500,000.

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  • Geophysical investigations, including unsuccessful exploratory drilling, exploratory and exploratory dry-hole costs, are charged against income.

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  • But I received a phone call a few months ago from a Times reporter, one William Glaberson, who writes front page stories on Guantanamo, calling with a perfectly legitimate, although dry-hole, query about proposals for terrorism courts.

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  • The net loss for the year was principally due to the previously announced dry-hole costs of $32.4 million related to the Aput and Atik wells drilled in early

    Marketwire - Breaking News Releases 2009

  • The decrease reflects lower exploration activity including the absence of $2.1 million in exploration expenses for dry-hole and seismic expense recorded in third-quarter 2008.

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  • Energy XXI's net dry-hole cost is expected to be about $14 million. The Ad-Free Personal Finance Blogs Aggregator 2008


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