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Montana oil and mining journal. [volume] (Great Falls, Mont.) 1931-1953, November 09, 1946, Image 1

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Chamberlain Weil on Cat Creek's We#4o<ne Flowing More Than
400 Barrels of Pipeline OH Daily From Pay Zone a Deep Sand
One of the best wells completed in Montana in many months has
been brought in by Ralph Chamberlain of Great Falls, veteran
Montana operator, on the Rhens lease at the western edge of Cat
Creek's West Dome.
Perforated with 62 shots in the Morrison sand from 1735 to 1783,
the well is flowing a gallon of pipeline oil every three seconds, which
according to field mathematicians gives it a flowing initial of ap
proximately 480 barrels daily.
The lease on which the well was drilled.had been operated by
Chamberlain for years , and before deep sand development began
in this field, was down to a daily total output of about 14 barrels,
from 10 shallow first and second sand producers.
Last year Chamberlain deepened one of the old producers through
the third Cat Creek water sand and into the Morrison sand, getting
a production of about 40 barrels daily, pumping, from this horizon—
or almost triple the former output of the lease.
This well was promptly offset to the east by the Continental Oil
Texaco Gets
Best Wells,
North Field
Best completions of the Week
in the Kevin - Sunburst field
were registered by the Texas
Company, all la the field's most
heavily-drilled area. Township
2 *west.
33 north. Range
Texaco-Bruins-Kesun No. 22, C SE
SE SE 10-35N-2W, acidized at 1617,
responded with a pumping initial
of 102 barrels of oil the first 28
hours, and Texaco-Kenney-KesUn
Joint No. 12, C SE NE NE 15-35N
2W, acidized at 1594, had a pumping
initial of 31 barrels. Neither well
is making any water.
Many miles to the southeast, Hew
son & Hewson have completed their
No. 1 Woldveldt, SE
1W, as what appears to be a com
mercial producer. The first 48 hours
(Continued on Page 2)
Bowdoin Deep
Test At 3294
Sampling carefully and there
fore making slow progress, Tex
aco's deep test on Bowdoin
dome In northeastern Montana
this week reported hole made
past 3294 feet, presumably In
the Madison lime.
in this well are
Tops reported
Eagle. 70 feet, and Ellis, 2450 feet.
This is now the deepest well ever
drilled on this vast structure, from
the standpoint of both stratigraphy
and footage.
Likely to have a profound effect
on future oil development over a
vast arep, It is one of the most
closely watched wells now being
drilled In the entire nation.
Greene Heads
Union's Land
R. G. (Scotty) Greene, former
Union Oil company geologist known
to many in Montana, has been
named manager of lands and leases
for the company.
He replaces John L. Church, who
has been appointed assistant to
Union's Vice President John A.
Rubel, on special assignment.
A graduate of Stanford univer
sity, class of 1923, Greene began
his association with the company
in 1925 as a geologist. His first
assignment was in Venezuela where
he remained until returning to Cal
ifornia in 1929. Seven years later he
severed his connection with the
company to head up the Union
Pacific railroad's geological depart
ment. Since his return to Union Oil
in November of last year, he has
organized and established the com
s northwest land division in
Noon Wildcat
Changing Rig
W. A. Noon is reported changing
to National machine In his No. 1
Sheets, 9-31N-1E, about 10 miles
southeast of Shelby, after spudding
and drilling to 100 feet.
Number 34
Volume 26
Great Falls, Montana, November 9, 194«
That the productive area of the north part of the Pondera field
does not extend very far north of present production was indicated
this week when Hawley-Skog No. 1, NE NE NW 3-27N-4W, got
sulphur water in the top of the Madison lime, which was topped
iucing wells to the south,
about 75 feet lower than in the nearest i
DRY, 4941
Mon-O Co-N. P. No. 1, NW
NE NW I9-7N-I9E, wildcat on
the Harlo dome section of the
Shawmnt anticline 20 miles
southeast of Harlowton, Is being
plugged and abandoned as a dry
hole at 4941 feet,
(Continued on Page 3)
To be watched with great interest for a variety of reasons is the
wildcat to be drilled by the Union Oil Company of California on
the Twin Buttes structure in Stillwater county, for which Bill Clark
is now moving in rotary tools.
The block on which the well is
being drilled, as well as another
block in the area taken over by
Union, was originally included in
a vast spread of 52,000 acres leased
by J. G. Wheeler of Casper and
Total acreage finally taken by
Union in the two blocks was approx
imately 32,000 acres, one block
eluding the Six Shooter anticline,
on which a substantial gas flow
was found by a well drilled several
(Continued on Page 2)
Program Announced For RMOGA
Session In Denver, Nov. 21-23
CASPER—Entertainment will give stiff competition to the out-
standing business sessions planned for the annual meeting of the
Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas association to be held Nov. 21-23 in
Denver, Colo., according to H. O. "Tex" English, executive secretary
-♦ of the association.
Kalispeil Wildcat
Makes Hole to 1425
H. L. Poston has landed 7-inch
pipe at 1403 feel in his wildcat nqpr
Kallspell (the only well now drill
ing west of the Rockies in Montana)
and is making hole at 1425 feet, in
pink, yellow and green clay, appar
ently glacial drift. This Is the deep
est well ever drilled in that area.
I Company which passed up the Morru %, * and went on down to
I the Ellis. This well at one time was rt ** p,, mumping nearly IOC
i barrels daily from the Ellis, with the Moi untested.
The well just drilled in by Chamberlain u. A-18 Rhens, a
north offset to his first deep well, and a diagc ^f%'hwest offset
to the Continental-Harlan 11.
Completion of the Chamberlain well, on the frii» c ; of what was
the main producing area of the West Dome in the days of shallow
sand development, is regarded as likely to bring about some drilling
in what was the best parts of the main dome while first and second
Cat Creek sand production was being sought. This dome produced
most of the field's output of more than $25.000,000 in oil of around
49 gravity.
Good saturation was cored in the Ellis sand in the Chamberlain
well, but for the time being no effort will be made to test this
(Continued on Page 2)
well checked high on upper
horizons, getting the top of the red
beds at 1260, about 100 feet higher
than in wells to the south.
The red beds were thicker than
in the field producing area, as was
the black lime. This was topped
1815 and instead of the usual field
thickness of from 120 to 140 feet,
logged a full 190 feet in thickness.
The weft was drilled To 2023 feet
after topping the lime at 2008 and
when drilling ended there*was 1500
feet of sulphur water in the hole.
Approximately two miles to the
east, another attempt at extending
this field, IXnville & Smith-Miller
No. 1, C NW SW-1-27N-4W, is mak
<Continued on Page 2)
Tarrant Haymaker
Well At 530 Feet
R. C. Tarrant is reported drilling
past 530 feet in his wildcat in 21
9N-13E, on the Haymaker structure
west of Harlowton.
His wildcat on the Shawmut anti
cline, a few miles south of Harlow
ton, is drilling at 690 after
a show of sulphur gas at I
Featured speakers at the conven-
inefude Joel D. Wolfsohn,
tion will
assistant commissioner of the Bu
reau of Land Management, Depart
ment of the Interior, Washington,
D. C. Mr. Wolfsohn will speak on
the timely subject, "Decentralizing
the Administration of Oil and Gas
Leases," with an outline of the new
operating procedures and regi
offices of the bureau entrusted '
the development of the public lands.
Capt. A. A. Nichoson, world war
veteran and assistant to the vice
.president of the Texas company,
will be guest speaker at the banquet
(Continu«] on Page 3)
I m 11
Cut Bank
Field Has
Dull Week
Bogged down by a 14-inch
snowfall last week and by an
other of lesser caliber that
swept the field Thursday after
noon, operators in the Cat Bank
field failed to torn np with any
startling developments as the
week ended.
Four new wells were commenced
and three wells were registered
moderate completions, with several
others nearing the finish line. Some
wells that were drilled in last week
are now on test but adverse road
conditions prevented scouts from
ascertaining their status.
Up in the lime area at the north
end of the field. Carter's No. 1
Doorenbos, a westward extension of
the Madison lime producing district,
was counted a completion after
80 barrels the first 24
percent BS and water.
Two and three-quarters miles to
the southeast, at the southeastern
extremity of the lime area, Texaco's
Ho. 2 Stufft, C HE 8W 19-36N-5W,
turned in an unpromising perform
ance causing some doubt of further
extensions of the pool in thîé direc
hours, 2
It pumped 34 barrels of oil
and 15 barrels of water the first
24 hoars, 25 barrels of oil and
2*4 barrels of water the next
24 hours, and 22H barrels of oil
and 2H barrels of water the
next 21 hoars.
(Continued on Page 4)
Think Devil's
Basin Test In
Devonian Lime
Now reported making hole In
the Devonian formation, with
É lans made to go to the granite,
ill Clark's deep test on the
Devil's Basin field
apex of the
Is drilling with rotary tools past
3670 feet
The bit is now working in forma
tions never before tested on this
structure, Montana's first oil field.
To present depth, no encouraging
wings have been reported, with
the exception of minor gas flows.
Nine miles to the southeast, on
the flank of the structure and In
an area believed cut off from the
main field by faulting, the Lucky
Six Oil Company is reported to be
drilling again after landing 814-Inch
pipe at 874. This well reported
water, with a showing of oil, In the
first Cat Creek sand.
Hunt Shut-Off Point
In Burks-Teigen Test
Burks-Teigen No. 1, wildcat on
the McDonald Creek anticline, 13
miles northwest of Winnett, is re
ported drilling and carrying 10-inch
pipe at 930 feet. This well Is hunt
ing for a point to try for a shut-off
of an artesian water flow, uncorked
at 825 feet when the bit went into
what was probably the third Cat
Creek sand. Objectives of this test
are the deep sands now productive
In the nearby Cat Creek field, all
of which should be tested within
the next few hundred feet.

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