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Montana oil and mining journal. [volume] (Great Falls, Mont.) 1931-1953, August 25, 1945, Image 2

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Increasing Interest Manifest
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.
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
Ils deliver
A recent visit to the Rangely dis
trict disclosed the fact that nine
wells are producing oil, with others
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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.
Total supply of oil available to
the United Nations as a group, in
cluding Russia, during 1944 was 6,
887,000 barrel« per day.
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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
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
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
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
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.
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.

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