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Montana oil and mining journal. [volume] (Great Falls, Mont.) 1931-1953, December 04, 1943, Image 4

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Montana Oil Journal
OwMd and published
Journal, a Para
municaUon* to
aU oom
518 f
O. L DeSCHON. Publisher
$2 Per Year Is Advance—Canada
Foreign Subscriptions, 92.60 Par I
81 25—6 Months. Foreign $1.76—« Month*.
Published Every Saturday
Entered as Second Class Matter
r, April *3,
1931, at the Poatofflce at Oraat rails, Mon
tana —Under Act of March 8, 1878.
The New York Times says the
oil and coal blocs of congress at
Washington have apparently Joined
forces for the purpose of bringing
about higher prices for these two
important natural resources. These
forces reportedly joined in circu
lating a petition among the house
members which brought to the
floor a bill providing for around
♦«0 cents a barrel increase In crude
oil prices by writing a parity for
mula for petroleum into law.
Under an agreement that an
amendment will be attached which
will make a rise in coal prices
ixjssible, members representing the
coal producing areas have Joined
the oil group. For about a year
the oil group has been seeking
an Increase in price of 35 cents a
barrel. However, Stabilization Di
rector Fred M. Vinson has refused
to approve such an increase, al
though it has been recommended
by Harold L. Ickes, petroleum ad
ministrator for war.
Wyoming to Fight U. S.
For Title to Rich Area
In Elk Basin Field
(Conttooad tram Fun 1)
eral land grant effected when the
stale was admitted to the union.
The government withdrew the
land, which lies in township 58
north, range 100 west, in 1913,
claiming It was mineral bearing.
The Ohio Oil company has oper
ated three shallow wells on the
northeast quarter of the section
several years.
When the Mule Creek company
brought in the deep test well under
federal permit on an outer edge of
the oil structure within the section,
the state challenged its operating
rights under the previous state
claim, and leased the area to the
Ohio Oil company two weeks ago.
The state agreement with the
Ohio company, Hunt announced, is
on a royalty contract for sliding
scale payments up to 22% cents
"This will mean a great deal to
Wyoming, if our rights are estab
lished in the courts," Hunt said.
"The field is regarded by oil men
generally as 'the field' in the nation
Hunt declined to estimate the
possible value of the field, but said
indications are "it may be another
Salt Creek."
The Ohio Oil company, Hunt said,
has agreed to handle all legal action
over ownership and "probably will
start suit in federal court in Chey
enne in two weeks."
Send m contribution to the Sunburst
Handled by
There was a new baby at Tom
my's house — and Tommy just
couldn't understand her ways.
"Mother, what is she doing now?"
he asked while watching the baby
His mother replied; "Tommy, the
baby has to eat the same as you
do. She is having her dinner now."
exclaimed Tommy in
amazement. "All that meat and no
Do State ''Lines" Frighten You?
One of the great barriers to a have a common characteristic— ting deep tests, and many more
true understanding of regional the presence of the Rocky moun- are in prospect. If you can bring
oil possibilities is an ordinary tains which jut up along the yourself to ignore the little red
western boundaries of each line on the map separating Wyo
state. East of these mountains, ming and Montana, you'll agree
in each state, there is faulting that conditions are roughly sim
and folding, caused by the moun- ilar and that Montana's shallow
lain thrust. fields, with their output of more
Recently, Wyoming has begun than $100,000,000 in oil, are pret
to cash in on the effects of deep ty good signposts.
, Shallow fields pointed the way
■ to deep oil in Wyoming, and they
can have no other meaning in
Montana. . • .i-.
Long delay in bringing about
the deep drilling has been
galling to many, and a source of
deep-seated irritation.
But there has been, and is, a
silver lining.
Members of this organization
hold royalties on virtually every
recognized structure of any con
sequence in the entire state of
Montana. These have been ob
tained at figures that seem
map of the United States.
An ordinary map ignores the
facts of terrain and of subsurface
and instead blithely divides the
nation into neat little patches,
each with a different color.
Each of the patches is called a
state, and if the map is of the drilling,
ordinary type the casual Impres
sion gained is that a state line is
an actual barrier, with actual
physical meaning, Instead of the
arbitrary device of lawmakers to
divide a nation into easily man
aged subdivisions.
Interestingly enough, one of
the fields in which deep drilling
has paid huge results is at Elk
Basin. And, ironically enough.
Elk Basin is squarely on the
Montana-Wyoming line, ignoring
the neat little divisions of the
mapmakers. Both states will
soon see a boost in oil produc
tion figures, resulting from the
development of this field.
How true this is, and how it
has influenced casual thinking,
may be seen by looking at a map
showing the states of Montana
and Wyoming.
No one disagrees with that
view, least of all operators famil
iar with the field.
Oil was discovered in Wyo
ming before Montana had a
single producing well.
Wyoming got a pretty thor- deep test well after deep test
ough going over by operators as well
early as two decades ago, and as Many of them are being drilled in Wyoming.
Is inevitable in a region where because operators who own the Had one single deep gusher
there are true oil-bearing forma- shallow production have equip- been tapped in the Devonian
lions, some huge fields and big ment near at hand with which to
wells were brought in. To the go deeper. It Is more sensible for
casual mind, the name Wyoming
began to mean oil.
No such meaning attached to
the name Montana, because this pects.
state had had no drilling. Many
operators were vehement in the drilling in Montana are few and
declaration no oil would ever far between, though this condi
be found in Montana. tion is changing rapidly.
That notion has since been dis- After having been held back structure on which our members
pelled, of course, but some of the for nearly two decades by col- hold royalties,
ideas of the mapmakers still per- ored lines on a map, geological Things are happening in Mon
sist . opinion is shifting to the agree- tana, and more things will hap
In the minds of many, the ment that if the deep drilling of pen during the coming year. A
edicts of the mapmakers still shallow fields In Wyoming has bulletin soon to be issued will in
hold sway. produced gushers in the deeper form members concerning some
To them .there IS an actual horizons, there is no sensible of, the things they may expect,
barrier running east and west, reason why the same procedure Meantime, if you haven't already
separating Wyoming on the in Montana should not produce dor» so, now would be a good
south from Montana on the like favorable results,
Yet Wyoming continues to get ridiculously low to one
versant with royalty values in
the mid-continent area, and even
horizon in Montana at any time
within the past 15 years, asking
them to drill their own leases prices for these royalties would
deeper, than to go afield in have been many times the price
search of new deep test pros- at which we obtained them.
And—not a single Montana
In comparison, the deep tests royalty held by a member has
been disproved by the drill, be
cause no drill has as yet really
probed the potentialities of ANY
time to check up on your "dis
Now that everyone is begin- proven" royalties, and put them
ning to admit it, the theory gains where you can find them éasily.
Montana fields are now get- cemlng many of them—soon.
Actually, of course, there is no
such barrier.
Both Montana and Wyoming
There may be good news con
Landowners Royalties Company
In Our Twenty-first Year
Stepping from a luxurious car,
the expensively dressed middle
aged woman haughtily approached
the O. D.
"I wish to see my son, Mont
morency Montpelier," she said.
"Who?" asked the O. D.
"Montmorency Montpelier. He is
a tall, handsome, blue-eyed young
man with deli—"
"Oh sure, I know who you mean,"
interrupted the O. D., and, turning
toward the drill field, he shouted;
"Hey, Stlnkee-ee-ey!"
• • •
Teacher tells the youngin's to
originate a few verses of poetry—
something that would rhyme.
Little Johnnie writes:
This morning as I came to school,
While strolling through the grass,
I stepped into a mud hole,
Almost up to my knee.
"But Johnnie," sez the teacher.
"That doesn't rhyme." „
"I know it don't," sez Johnnie.
"The hole wasn't deep enough."
Guest: "My word! I'm thirsty.
Hostess: "Wait a moment; I'll get
you some water."
Guest: "I said thirsty, not dirty."
"Daddy, what is a bachelor?"
"My boy, a bachelor is a man
who didn't have a car when he
was young."
• • *
It's getting so you can't tell what
color bathing suit a girl is wearing
. when her back is turned.
And the old maid se£ "Don't put
'Miss' on my tombstone when I am
gone, for I haven't missed as much
as you think I have."
e e e
A couple of leatherneck aviators
had been shot down and were float
ing around the Pacific in their
rubber boat when a Jap submarine
surfaced and its crew called on
the Americans to surrend».
The marhie fliers held a whis
pered conference.
"That's the stuff," said one to the
other. "Let 'm think we're giving
up. Then, when they get close—,
we'll ram 'em."
"And where is Cadet Smith?
"A. W. O. L."
"What do you mean by that?
"After women or liquor."

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