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dry well

also dry·well (drī′wĕl′)
n.
An underground chamber, usually containing stones or rubble, that collects rainwater from the roof of a building and allows it to seep gradually into the soil, reducing runoff.

dry′ well`


n.
a hole used to drain off surface water, allowing it to be absorbed underground.
[1760–70]
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Eni and Repsol's Enirepsa venture intended to pull out of the country years ago after drilling dry wells, but the government gave it more time to finish its four-well drilling programme out until at least 2011.
Located in Houston's new high-tech corridor, Magic Earth plans to use the new facility to further its mission to eliminate dry wells in oil and gas exploration, just as it is eliminating maps and cross sections from the desks of geoscientists and business managers.
It also finances citywide graffiti removal, parkway tree trimming and dry wells throughout the city.
The six dry wells were all in the exploratory category which is higher risk, yet having the extra potential for new gas discoveries.
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According to Widhayawan, dry wells, a lack of reserves and too many risks had prompted the voluntary termination.
We won't repeat such a large number of dry wells in the second half," chief executive Maria das GraE*as Foster told reporters at company headquarters in Rio de Janeiro.
Additional effects could include dry wells for farmers, homeowners, cities and industry; and aquifer contamination caused by rivers and streams flowing back into the springs and aquifer.
The NJDEP has identified the site as a major source of groundwater contamination that is also suspected of harboring several other environmental problems including underground storage tanks, dry wells and floor drains.
The Chief Renewable Energy Specialist - Youssef Arfaoui stated, Those innovative models help overcome the several risks associated with geothermal development, among which the most important one is the exploratory drilling risk, which is related to the probability of hitting dry wells during the exploration and appraisal drilling phase.
Yet, this strategy subjects the company to heightened exposure to losses from dry wells.
During the fourth quarter 1999, Wiser Canada participated in a total of 13 wells; 3 oil wells, 8 gas wells, and 2 dry wells, for an 85% success rate.