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DAILY AVERAGE PRODUCTION
POSTED FIELD PRIORS
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■ Cat Deek ....91.10 ,^QOMC
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<D«KIT KALLW, MONTANA, WATURDAV. OCTOBER 14. 103t)
COPY, CANADA IQc
VOLUME 10—NUMBER 30
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NEW GROUP
POSTS PRICE
IN 2 FIELDS
Producers Refining company this
■week posted crude oil prices in
both Kevin-Sunburst and Cut Bank
oil fields, equal to highest
prices paid (by International Re
fining Co. and other leading buyers.
These prices are:
Kevin-SunbuTst, 90 cents per bbl.,
effective Sept. 11.
Cut Bank, $1.10 per bbl., effec
tive Sept 24,
Announcement of the postings
was made by James W. Johnson,
"president of Producers Refining com
pany, which is supplying crude for
the Sooony-Vacuum unit of the
Glacier Production company re
finery at Cut Bank. Members of
the group are delivering oil at the
rate of 30,000 barrels monthly at
the present time, the refinery hav
ing started operation in the last
week In September.
Socony-Vacuum Oil company Is
moving a large amount of gaso
line and other products from the
Cut Bank plant, supplying all of
its outlets In the State of Montana.
Mr. Johnson pointed out that So
cony-Vacuum is supplying not only
north Montana stations but abso
lutely all of Its Montana business,
with gasoline from the new plant
which Is declared to be one of the
most modern and efficient in the
West, and resultantly turning out
products of high standard uni
formity. Products are also mov
ing into North Dakota and other
points. There has been no west
ward movement into the Inland
Empire district.
It was generally understood in
both fields that many members of
the Producers Refining group will
have to start acidizing and drilling
wells in the spring to take
of requirement? when the
new
care
Socony-Vacuum unit increases its
beyond 1.000 barrels per day.
runs
(Continued on Page Eight)
DRILLING IN DAKOTA
South Dakota Is having a re
with the
newal of oil activity,
starting of a 7,500-foot deep test at
Camp Crook, near the Montana
Border and another test on Two Top
structure, Butte county. Hal Blake
man is contractor on the latter well
while Manning & Martin will drill
the Camp Crook teat. A third
well Is drilling for gas near New
ell, near the Black Hills, and Carl
Cundy Is drilling at 3230 feet
Shiloh structure near
Edgemont. reporting a showing of
oil but expecting production at the
top of the Madison lime.
on the
MONIANA-WYOMING
WEEK ENDED OCT. 7
MONTANA—
Cut Bank.
Kevin-Sunburst
Buckley Border.
Cat Creek.
Dry Creek.
Pondera .
TOTAL.
9900
4180
90
570
785
720
16245
WYOMING—
Big Muddy.
Garland .
Lance Creek.
Medicine Bow.
Oregon Basin.
Rock River. „....
Salt Creek.
Wertz .
Badger Basin.
Byron .
Dallas Derby..
Dewey Dome.
Dutton Creek.
Elk Basin.
Frannie .
Grass Creek, light.
Hidden Dome
Hudson .
Iron Creek.
Labarge .
Lost Soldier.
Mahoney .
Midway .
Osage ..
Quealy Dome.
Teapot .....—.
Warm Springs.
1200
2550
22516
. 1680
3685
1855
15730
2830
130
4005
450
10
50
610
100
1790
70
250
10
1130
1570
260
190
800
620
10
140
TOTAL..
Total Colorado.
Total Rocky Mt. States
.... 64140
.... 3730
84116
Survey Oil Pipeline From
Cut Bank Field To Spokane
SPOKANE—D. F. Gerstenberger, general manager of
the Inland Empire Refineries here, said today a survey had
started to determine feasibility of laying a crue oil pipeline
from Cut Bank, Mont., to Spokane.
He said the company believed the pipeline "is practicable
and is ready to proceed with construction. It would carry
from 5,000 to 6,000 barrels of oil daily.
The survey will be completed in 10 days.
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U. S. G. S. Releases Two
Sweetgrass Hills Maps
The United States Geological Survey has turned its attention
to a detailed study of the oil and gas possibilities of the Sweet
grass Hills area, working westward from Kevin-Sunburst field,
and two reports were announced by the Survey at Washington,
D. C., this week.
One report covers a newly discovered "nose" or structure east
of the town of Sunburst. The opinion of C. E. Erdmann, ge
ologist, is that this area has present an eastward facies of the Cut
Bank sand and that there is possibility of oil and gas in commer
cial quantités in the Kootenai series.
As to the Dunkirk-Chester region, the government geologist
mapped two structural "noses" on which no closure is discernable.
One is known as the Utopia nose and the other, the Galata nose.
x map showing the probable ge
ologic structure of 864 square miles ^
in north central Montana, In the j
vicinity of Dunkirk, Toole county, j
and Chester, Liberty county, has j
just been issued by the geological
survey, United States department of
interior.
The Dunkirk-Chester region In
eludes the Devon gas field and ad
joins the Kevin-Sunburst oil and
field on the east and the
Grass hills on the south,
CHESTER AREA
OF 864 MILES
IN SURVEY MAP
c,.s
The map which depicts the area on
a scale of two miles to the Inch,
Is the result of field investigations
and well-log studies made Inter
mittently between 1932 and 19 38
by C. E. Erdmann, geologist, to
(Continued on Page Five)
NO CHANGE IN
DELIVERIES
TO SPOKANE
No change In the movement of
crude or gasoline was noted in
Put Rank this week, following the
announcement of lowered rates on
rail shipments to Spokane, deter
mined by the I. C. C. at Washing
ton D. C.
Railroad men in Montana were
unable to advise shippers the date
effectiveness of the new
rates—whether they are retroactive
the date of suspension of older
established by the Great
NorOiern r Ml road or whether they
bee.™ ? K«.ive .t .cm. •»>-
qU The new rates are 33% cents
per cwt on gapoline and 22 cent» ;
per cwt on crude, which rates make<
ft possible for Montana producers
and refiners to compete in the Spo
kane territory with California
gasoline, which Is carried on boat
and barge up the Columbia river.
The fact that the Inland Empire
Refineries Co. of Spokane is contem
plating the construction of an oil
pipeline from Cut Bank to Spokane
indicates, however, that the Mon-j
tana Industry may make a bid for :
firmer hold on the Inland Empire ■
market than is now possible. I
With the exception of one or
two producers. Cut Bank is pro-j
duclng at virtual capacity and sell- j
lag all the oil to established out-j
lets. Completions this year havh |
not kept pace with the natural de
cline, in many instances, portend
ing a considerable amount of dril
ling necessary in the spring of 1940.
(Continued on Pnge Eight)
to
The apparent existence of an un
tested and heretofore unreported
structural nose on the north flank
0 f the Kevin-Sunburst dome in
Toole county, Montana, has Just
been made known by the geological
survey, United States department of
interior. Its presence in the W111
shaw flats, east and northeast of
Sunburst, was reasonably eetablish
ed by C. E. Erdmann, geologist, in
the fall of 1938, In the course of
field investigations to facilitate de
NEW STRUCTURE
DETAILED IN NEW
CONTOUR MAPS
partmental admlnstration of federal
mineral leasing laws.
Describes Wlllshaw Flats.
Practically all of the
area ex
amined, comprising tps. 36 and 37
N., Rs. 1 and 2W, Montana and
(Contlnucd on Page Five)
HALO WILL
DRILL ON TO
TEST LIMES
A ■ r, °* ot water was encounter
£d at the top of the Madison lime
by Italo Petroleum-Cornett No. 1
jgj. C SW* MWJ 30-37-3W.
" , *'® CU F «oath of the Border
this week. Preparations
^L ng m ® de t0 8hut
an ^ continue on Into the lime.
er Than a^Cu^Bank^ n^ U ' rath '
, an a Cut Bank or Border well,
"J" e o{ CW Bank sand
• « taken as Indicative
tha area was high up on the
JJJ 1, ^or^of ^îhlrf, ^ r Iand 0n
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œ J he contact was at 2676 and
i-o® 6 1200 feet. A fire de
st * he dog house" of the rig,
jjj j"* th ® ^but the^^ only Inl
îh !5® dr J I1 j samples,
it 1?
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und dlff,cnl t, and likely slow.
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Well KeSUIÏieS
Drniin ^ re8um ed this week on
the Tarrant-Klrk wildcat wfn
Wegt Pondera c NEtfsELi 34
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of abont 6 barrels ^er <Jay at the
Madi90n contact ^ will b! Jlr
rled on to ^ . J 111
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Eagle Creek
Test Starting
Drilling started on Thursday
on
(Continued oa Page rive)
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Is Largest Completed In
ast Pool In Many Years
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Showing location of the new Imperial Craig-Gauss No.
well until relation to the present producing area, also the
relative location of the Frasier-Ricc deep test.
OIL IS FOUND
BELOW LIME
WATER ROW
Coring on through a water strata,
A. Beardalee's Swears No. 10 well
the center of Kevin-Sunburst
field this week found oil, further
disproving a superstition that no
oil can be found below the water
in the Madison
Valley gets all of its production
below the Madison lime contact
water table found In Montana, yet
water anywhere In the lime is ac
cepted as a stop sign for Montana
drillers.
Beardslee had lime contact at
1701 and at 1706 struck water
which rose 150 feet over night. He
then went In with a core barrel and
at 1713 picked up a showing of oil
and continued drilling in laminat
ed Ifmes to 1723. after which fluid
rose 850 feet. He is underreaming
casing down from 1652 to 1708
to shut off the water and will then
acidize, with probabilities good for
a commercial oil well. Location is
C SWJ4NW% 9-35-2W.
Illack label Oil company's No. 8
well on the State lease, in Section
16-3 6-2 W, this week appears to
be a 50 bo 60 barrel well, after
having been deeped 20 feet. This
well was abandoned by the former
owners. Continental Oil company,
by "Ty" Cobb, in charge of Black
Label operations, who decided to
deepen Jt, since a well on the east
line of the lease was producing from
a second ''break". The No. 8 had
oil showing from 1563 to 1608 and
when acidized it had an Initial of
72 barrels in 12 hours.
Friday the thirteenth brought
no cessation of operations in the
oil fields, although most oil men
are superstitious.
Two new locations were made
this week as follows:
Nepatad - Montgomery - Pargher
laugen Acct. a No. 2, SE SE%
SWÎ4 2-M-3W. It Is 220 feet
(Continued on Page Poor)
in
Turner
lime.
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Tho last remaining "sore spot"
in the north Montana crude oil
market-that of the Border oil
wS~.h 38 eaned UP th l 8 week
with the announcement that the
distress crude storage oil has been
.b-orbea b, refining pi.nt
at Chinook, recently taken over by
Nepstad, Haugen and associates,
who constructed the Chinook plant
last spring, sold out to the new
group, known as Fred Bouck and
associates, when they were unable
DISTRESS OIL
IS ABSORBED
BY SKIMMER
a group of Border, Kevin and Cut
Bank producers.
to provide enough crude to care,
for their other commitments and
keep the refinery operating. The
C hi nook plant. In charge of Mark
Vrooman, is now running 350 bar- !
rels per day. Ten thousand bar
reis of storage oil of Albert« Do
vcloproent company have already
been run and oil is now being
taken from Kevin and Cut Bank to
ma In tain the runs at 350 barrelsling
The Border field was left with I
absolutely no market, save for the'
field topping plant of Hannah Por-j
ter company, after the loss of the !
Canadian market. The production |
of other producers in that field
per day.
_ con
stituted the only distress oil in
north Montana.
The Chinook plan Is a rebuilt
skimmer, moved from Kallspell.
It produces tractor fuel, third struc
ture gasoline and fuel oil, all of
which is absorbed in the territory
close to Chinook, Blaine county.
SPEAKING OF FISHING
Kevin drillers who wall about a
fishing Job at 1600 feet may find
some solace in news that Contiten
tal Oil Co. is fishing for lost tools
at 14,479 feet In Oklahoma. Con
tinental wants to- beat Its California
record of 16,004 feet.
The largest well in several
years in the famous East pool
dictrict of Kevin-Sunburst field
was completed this week by Im
perial-Craig Oil company in new
territory on the II. Gause farm.
In an area where wells ordin
arilly have to be acidized into
production, this one had 1,450
feet of oil in the hole, with no
water, and it pumped 35 barrels
per day, natural, before it was
treated with 500 gallons of hy
drochloric acid,
lest is now in progress.
The well was one of the greatest
surprises of the year and particu
larly surprising to the drilling crew.
Working only "daylights" the crew
had been pounding away on an
exceedingly hard shell near the ex
pected lime contact and when quit
ting time came they noticed that
the bit seemed to drop through the
hard formation, but they proceeded
to pull out the drilling string to
shut down for the night. A puff
of gas followed the tools out of
the hole and It was noted that a
little oil was dripping off the bit.
The crew thought nothing of Jt,
hung up the tools on the wrench
and went home.
The following morning they ran
the bailer to see what had hap
pened and were astonished to have
the bailer impact a column of
fluid 176 feet below the surface.
They pulled out a bailer full of
pure pipeline oil, then discovering
that they had unknowingly drilled
In the biggest well of recent years
In the east pool.
Most wells In this district ha
only a slight showing, and add
makes them Into very profitable
producers.
A production
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E.
Postei walte,
head of Imperial-Craig, has estab
lished a reputation for successful
L,
handling of these wells In an area
heretofore thought condemned be
cause of the small showings. This
location is 2200 feet north of his
nearest producer and it is 660 feet
south of a well abandoned many
years ago as a "dry hole", M
though It had a substantial show
ling at the top of the lime. It was
Frazer-Inland No. 1 . North and
jeast of the new Gauss producer 1»
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was ,o 8t w ^l n ,V c*= .. nl n
wreckS «2 BMtakTSk
Ploratlon Co. (Texas iSdfS^ took
the well nv«r 1 , 1.4 - i . ,
complete U but a l nl,r t0
, h . 'ÆLT"g." tS£
company subsequent ^mpS
another Devonian test In the cen
ter of the Fulton-Rlce pool but was
again unable to get below the
"poison gas" horizon which guards
the oil-bearing strata of the De
vonlan, found at a depth of 3300
feet.
al
The new Gauss producer indl
cates that Madison lime production
Is probable for a considerable dis
tanco north. Two producing oil
wells were drilled some time ago
in Section 9-35-1W by Coeur
d'Alene syndicate, three quarters
of a mile northeast ' of the Gauss
producer. Indicating a further
northward extension of the produc
area. Imperial-Craig has 640
acres in the district.
T be Gauss producer bottoms at
1626 feet. Tested with 600 gallons
of apid it took the acid easily and
Quickly and gave promise of greatly
Increased production,
FERMG DRILLER HURT
John Foque, well known driller
of Ferdlg. Is alive today in a -
Shelby hospital despite the fact
he was wound around the cable
drum of a palling machine, his arm
pulled out of the shoulder sock
et, hie skull fractured and his an
kle broken. His recovery Is consid
ered doubtful, yet It Is considered
remarkable that be was not In
stantly killed. He was preparing
to pull rods on a well when hda
sleeve was caught in the cable.
In an instant be was wound around
the drum.

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