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In Rangely Field Possibilities DENVER.—Indications are that the Rangeiy oil field in north west Colorado is developing into one of the major oil areas of the nation. Some informed oil men are inclined to hazard estimates that the Rangely field will go far beyond the 100 million barrel mark. Long known for its production of ♦ nude Pennsylvania type oil from shallow depth, the Rangely district has become an important producer f paraffin-asphaltic base pe during the past few month. Shallow Wells Produce At Rangely, the shallow oil ob tained at depths of from 700 to 900 feet below surface is not accom panied by gas pressure and the wells have been pumped for years. Most of the wells are "emptied" each day in short pumping periods but fill up overnight and are ready for (lumping again each morning. This refilling appears to be capil lary in nature. Veterans in the district are of the opinion that the shallow oil ascends through the calcite filled cracks in the formation. One pioneer con tends that the calcite purifies the shallow oil to its Pennsylvania grade. Average production per shal low well is about 30 barrels a day and at present the daily otput from all the shallow wells is from 2500 to 3000 barrels. troleum Tap Weber Sands The Weber oil bearing sandstone is encountered at a •'depth of about 7500 feet below surface in the Rangely district. It is 700 feet or more in thickness^—an extremely thick oil sand. After the initial flow from this sand is put under control, drilling continues for some 600 feet in order to penetrate the deepest practicable source of oil. Sensible regulations obtain in the Rangely field. Wells are drilled in the center only of each 40 acre lease or fee. and free flow of oil is avoided by the practice of balancing gas pressure to output in the effort to maintain steady flow for the esti mated life of the field so as to avoid having to pump the wells. One specialist thinks the field is pood for 30 years. At this time dis charge lines' as small as quarter inch are used in the wells. The producing wel from 300 to 450 barrels a day. Nine Wells Produce producing Ils deliver A recent visit to the Rangely dis trict disclosed the fact that nine wells are producing oil, with others We Make Your Oilfield Requirements Our Speciality American Pipe and Supply Co. a Dealers in new and used tubular goods, pumping equipment and drilling supplies. Cut Bank Casper Denver 7 6 f&00 Vi# AA GREASE DXE. OILS BRB GREASE DELVAC I— « i lubricants -y 6 1 /i I THE WORLD'S GREATEST lubncatmg open ence goea into the making of Gargoyle Lubricant*. From lubricating "know-how" garnered over 78 yean we create lubricant» tor every part of every machine made! Give your preciou». war-weary machine* the fine*t lubricant* and your «taff the meat «killed lubrication counael available. 30CONY-VACUUM OIL COMPANY, INC., Pint National Bank Bldg., Great Falla, Montana. CALL IN SOCONY-VACUUM expected daily as a result of drilling in progress with 20 or more modem rotary drilling rigs. Total produc tion at present depends upon the availability of oil trucks which de pipeline at il Refining 10-inch liver the oil to the oil Craig, Colo. The Utah O preparing to build a line from Rangely to the main line at Wamsutter, Wyo. Companies Listed In addition to several small com panies and lessees, the following companies are operating in the Rangely field: Associated Oil Co., California Co. (Standard of California), California Oil Groups (A. C. McLaughlin et al.), Equity Oil Co., Husky Refin ing Co., Newton Oil Co., Phillips Petroleum Co., Raven'Oil Co., Stan olind Oil & Gas Co., the Union Pa cific Railroad Co., Utah Southern Oil Co., and Wasatch-Idaho-Sharp less (Wasatch Oil Co.). While new wells continue to come in in the Rangely field, now considered to be about 8 by 4 miles in area, some major qpmpames have been and are conducting geo logical, geophysical, gravity and seismic surveys on the surface to the northwest, reaching into Utah to a point west of the asphaltic rim to the west and northwest of Ver nal. This work is conducted to iden tify "key" formations where the geology is covered up by surface waste and sediments. In addition, the General Petrol eum Co. is prepared to drill about 20 miles south of Rangely, clo^e to the Utah line. Co. Total supply of oil available to the United Nations as a group, in cluding Russia, during 1944 was 6, 887,000 barrel« per day. E, Byers Emrick COIfSTILTIKG G SO LOO 1ST OIL—It A TUB A L GAS Examinations, Reports. Appraisal fsHmim of Rsmith Mamie Surrey« States and Cans United Residence CONRAD Phone IBS MONTANA Phone 190 ds Office New Stanolind Pipeline Gives Outlet to Fields in Wyoming CHEYENNE, Wyo.—The State Public Service Commission has for construction of one of the biggest 1945 Wyoming pipeline projects. 4 The board granted the Stanolind Pipe Line company a certificate of public convenience and necessity to build 68 miles of eight-inch pipeline and 27 miles of six-inch pipeline in Central Wyoming for transportation of crude oil. The authority covers a pipeline from Maverick Springs, Steamboat Butte, Pilot Butte and Winkleman Dome, near Riverton, to a junction Is the Oil Industry To Be "Atomized?" All the potentialities of an atomic bomb are inherent in some recent developments in Washington, as far as the oil industry is concerned. Most oil men know that congress* continued for three more years the administration's authority to negotiate re ciprocal trade agreements. Or, in plain English, to slash the import duties on foreign crude oil, among other things. What most oil men do not fully realize, however, is that congress also wrote into the act permission for the state department to further reduce tariffs by 50 percent of the rate that was in effect at the beginning of 1945. Thus the new secretary of state has more power than any of his predecessors. The normal duty on imports of foreign oil was 21 cents a barrel. In 1939, an agreement with Venezuela cut the rate to 10V£ cents a barrel—and this rate cut automatically applied to imports from all other "favored nation" coun tries. Now, Secretary Byrnes, if he sees fit, can again slash this tariff by 50 percent, or down to 514 cents a barrel. Until 1943, the amount of crude that could be imported was limited to 5 percent of domestic refinery runs during a preceding year. Today there is no such quota. So, if Byrnes wishes, he may cut the tariff to 514 cents a barrel, artd allow unlimited amounts of foreign crude to enter this country. The 514-cents a barrel is a ridiculous figure, and so is the 101£ cents now in effect. The road is wide open to tremendous imports of peon produced foreign crude oil, with the blessing of congress, and with the tariff so low as to yield little in revenue to the nation, and to be absolutely no barrier to unrestricted importation. If you, as an oil producer, are interested in this sit uation with its ruinous implications, it is suggested you clip this ad and send it to your congressman, with suitable comment. I This'advertisement Is one of a series, sponsored by Montana independent oil producers, to acquaint the producers with facts vital to their welfare, and from time to time to acquaint the public with some of the problems now confronting this vital industry. These advertisements will be continued thronghont 1945. You Need This Map . . . (If yon are Interested in any aspect of the Montana oil industry.) This complete and newly revised map, a very clear white print, 50 by 36 inches, gives at a glance information that otherwise would require weeks of research. And—the information is CORRECT! Every well shown on the map has been checked against well logs on file with the Montana Oil Conservation board. Here's the information contained on this map: Location of all producing oil and gas fields. Location of all principal anticlines. Location of every wildcat ever drilled In the state, in cluding name of the well, depth to which it was drilled, section In which it was drilled, and results obtained, as indi cated by symbol. County boundaries and county seats. Township boundaries. Two cross sections showing geological formations, one talring in the area from Glacier Park eastward through Bow eastward from the doln dome, the other taking in the section Elk Basin field through the Baker-Glendive anticline. This map may be seen at our office. Price $5.25 for paper, $8.75 on linen backing. MONTANA OIL lOURNAL SUPPLY DEPARTMENT Great Palls, Mont. 518 First A venae South / near Lysite with an Elk Basin-Cas per pipeline. This certificate also permits con struction of a line to take off from the main pipe and terminate at Riverton to furnish crude oil for a Husky Refining company refinery. When you are down and out something usually turns up . . your friends' nose.