Rob Sabo

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February 25, 2013
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How do you find oil in the desert? Drill 2 miles deep

Noble Energy plans to drill exploration holes more than two miles deep, or about eight times the height of the Empire State Building, in its quest to find oil in the Nevada desert.

The Houston company plans to begin exploration drilling this year as part of $130 million it has budgeted for oil and gas exploration on 350,000 acres of federal and private land it has leased in Nevada. Three to five test wells will be drilled on average between 10,000 and 12,000 feet deep, says Jeff Schwarz, Rockies business unit manager for Noble Energy.

The company has predicted slightly …

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