Rightly regarded as the very heart of modern unconventional oil and gas drilling activity, the Permian Basin has some of the most concentrated horizontal drilling and completions operations in the country. However, there is a side of the Permian that is often overlooked—the vertical side.

Vertical activity dominated the Permian long after most other major plays in the U.S. had shifted to horizontal drilling. In late 2013, when every other major basin was drilled by almost exclusively horizontal rigs, vertical drilling still accounted for mor...


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