This paper will provide a guide for engineers and operators to the legal issues, Railroad Commission's regulations and practices governing horizontal wells in Texas, with particular emphasis on their application in the Permian Basin. Horizontal drilling is standard in the Austin Chalk trend and its application is spreading as the technology becomes cheaper and gains acceptance. The paper will cover drilling issues, completions, allowables, secondary recovery, and land and legal considerations. Its purpose is to provide a practical map for Permian Basin engineers through the legal and regulatory minefield.

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