'Bright' Investments Paid Off

Wildcat Recollections
Area-wide lease sales, inaugurated in 1983, provided the oil industry an opportunity to explore for oil and gas in the deep water Gulf of Mexico, a southern extension of the oil-rich offshore Louisiana shelf province.

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Shell Oil had major success in the Gulf of Mexico at these fields in the 1980s due to "bright spot" technology. Map by Rusty Johnson

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