Horizontal drilling is a relatively new technique for oil and gas drilling on land. This unique book offers petroleum engineers comprehensive treatment of horizontal drilling methods, plus an up-to-date review of vertical drilling technology. It covers everything from drilling contracts and well designs - to drilling equipment, calculations, and testing to the finishing of a well and final paperwork. Included are detailed instructions for handling all types of typical and emergency problems encountered in drilling and related activities. There is coverage of plug and abandon procedures, blowout control, fighting oil well fires, safety issues for drilling and recovery, and guidelines for handling unexpected disasters.