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«UNS DROP IN NOVEMBER OU prodwtlMi in Montana itroffed sharply the «net result that rendered oil Weld ronde irnpassable and resulted in the complete shutdown of large there of pumping welle In the Kevin • MUburet and Cut Ranh field* An a result, total output for a November was only 632,464 bat* rein, an average dally yield of only 21,063 barrel«, »wording to a report by the Montana Oil 1 l* November, of heavy snows w In alphabetical sequence, total monthly and average dally produc tion of the various fields was as follows: At. Field Border _ Cat Creek _ Total 1,080 32 798 Cut Bank .. 336',998 11,577 102,154 1,050 — 7,968 1,094 11,233 386 3.405 Creek Elk Basin Frannie _ Gage __ Kevin-Sunburst 112,190 I>ake Basin_■ - Pondera __ Sweetgrass Hills / 35 366 3,740 540 18 25,659 855 150 15 Grand'Totals _632,464 21,083 STEVENSON PLANS NEW HILLS WELL Location fop a new well on the Arch Apex ntnurture in the ftweetgrusa hin« area was an nounced this week by L C, StotaMOB, The new well will be Arch Apex Ida Murray No. 1. near the south center line of the northwest quar ter of 3-36N-3E. Rig will be moved to location as soon as the weather permits. The new location is three-quar ters of a_jnüe southeast of the re cently completed Arch Apex-Pgrsell No. 1, which has an estimated 10,000,000 cubic feet of gas from the Bow Island sand, topped at 2006 feet, and which was drilled to total pth of 2031. ■ie primary tlve of the well to be drilled Ida Murray lease, though many ditlona) zones, productive of and oil in the area, may be tested, down to and including the top of the Madison lime. High-pressure gas plus oil shows have been found beneath the Mad ison, in the Devonian, on the east , ern side of the Sweetgrass hills, about 20 miles to the southeast, on Texaco's Utopia structure. on the Ml Alberta Oil Search Gains New Intensity ■The greatest oil search in Alberta's history was in full swing throughout the summer months, and*is continuing partic ularly in areas between Edmonton and the Rocky mountains, it was revealed in a survey of app granted by the provincial ment for petroleum and natural gas reservations, representing 5, 299,554 acres since Jan. 1. Not only is the oil search being concentrated by all active compa nies, but it is believed some com panies are securing holdings in the nope of developing gas for syn thetic gasoline purposes. EDMONTON .1 lications govern Texaco In Lime On Bear's Den Texaco-Sorrell No. 1, on the south east flank of the Bear's Den field in the Sweetgrass hills, this week made hole to 2985 and is now drill ing in the Madison lime, topped 2899. Reportedly, this well is to be carried down for a test of the De vonian porous zones that yielded huge volumes of high-pressure ana shows of oil in Its deep test on the Utopia structure, about 18 miles to the southeast. The well now drill ing is an offset to a well that got a flow of high-pressure gas above the Madison. ga ■ /Jmir-J IVJOUTII A\onli pubushco we ^ ESTABLISHED >»Si , Volume 36 Great Falle, Montana. December 14, 1946 Nan à % Rugged Field Crews Continue Drilling Despite New Storm \ bring grey hairs to drillers or California, men in (he Working under conditions that would and tool Kevin-Sunburst and Cut Bank fields this week managed to keep on making hole, despite another storm that swept down from the north. As far as could be ascertained, the only rigs that were not running were those isolated by road conditions of such nature that not even bulldozers could clear the roads. Snow is particularly deep in the Cut Bank field and in west Kevin-Sunburst, but as far as reports this week showed, hole was still being made by many rigs in those areas. ill Oklahoma, Texas Best Structures Already Tested • ■* Science Needed to Aid Future Search For Oil, Crawford View The day of anticlinal exploration in the Rocky Mountain region is about at an end, * Future oil reserves must be found in stratigraphic traps and buried structures that have no surface reflections—and information that might be of aid in such a search is woefully lacking, largely because of the lack of precise information concerning what was found in wells that have been drilled so far. I , Gulf Records V alley Leases The powerful Gulf Oil Company this week moved further to extend its already large holdings in north eastern Montana, recording leases , on ac ner IX . t in<i *4 i I ri* A L. ^ if n m *■ additional acreage In this the <**m**nv ha* mwà . ..jr- ... ■ eastern nose of the Bowdoin dome, * ear never fore been active in Montana. Important Cut Bank Outpost Wells Nearing Pay Horizons Despite storm conditions, some important outpost wells in the Cut Bank field made considerable progress during the week, with the prospect they may be registered as completions in the near future, providing the weather gets no worse. Approximately nine miles north- ^-- west of Cut Bank, and west of any production in the field, Texaco's No, 1 Black Bear, on the Blackfeet In- dian reservation in C SW SW 29-35N-6W, has made hole with cable tools past 2160 feet. What it finds will have an important bear- ing on development in this area. - Some 20 miles south east of the Texaco weil, A. B. Cobb this week made hole to 1,000 feet In his Security State Bank No. 2, in NW NE NE 1-31N-6W. This is a (Continued on Page 5) and U. S. Crude Output Declined In September; Less Drilling A further decline of 46,000 barrels daily reduced the average production rate in September to 4,790,000 barrels! reports the Bureau of Mines, United States department of the interior. Declines of 25,000 barrels daily in Texas and 20,000 barrels daily in Okla homa, were the only large changes in state output. * Texaco 3465, Bowdoin Dome Drilling In horizons previously anetsted in northeastern Montana. Texaco's deep test on the mammoth Bowdoin structure this week re ported hole made to 3465 feet, in the Madison lime The lime was topped at 3201. This is a tight hole, except for formation tops, and dur ing the week continued to be the center of a flood of rumors, not one of which could be verified. Crawford, head of the Chemical Laboratories, Inc., of Casper, a visitor enroute to his headquarte following a survey trip Into Alberta and Saskatchewan. Here is a sumihary of the views expressed by Crawford; '"Despite all the analytical work of.oil companies, state and govern ment agencies in the past 20 years, there is a vast lack of basic Informa rs tn * t r* number of well» mrmm ami the location of these wells in Mon tana - *ouW have regional cor relations In oil. water and gas analyses that would be of valuable (Coottnusd on Pa«» 4) Rock Creek Bench Wildcat At 2200 Wildcat of the Rock Creek Bench Oil Cb., on the Wessen lease on the Rock Creek Bench structure, near Moore, is last reported drilling past 2200 feet, with rotary tools, pre- sumably in or near the top of the Big Snowy group. in September represented a de crease of 92 from August 56 from September. 194.V| total of 4.087 active drilling rigs at the end of September was 273 more than on August 31, but 113 fewer than a year ago. The dally average demand for domestic crude petroleum declined , 54,000 barrels to 4331,000 barrels and stocks were reduced at an aver age rate of 41,000 barrels dally dur ing September. Total crude stocks, domestic and foreign, were 227.818, 000 barrels on September 30, com pared with 229^223,000 barrels on August 31. t and The - O* CE WeR®)' Barrel. Daüy Respite a break-la of apprr water, Ralph Chamberlain's deep sand well on the went flank of the west dome of the Cat Creek field 1« still the beat deep sand producer so far com pleted on this dome. - t Is pumping 600 barrels of fluid v. of which 280 barrel« Is pipe %.*e oil. with the water reported decreasing as pumping proceeds. As long as the well maintains Its pres ent rate, It Is unlikely that any at tempt will be made this winter to re-cement to shut off the water. Oll output of this one well is now 20 times greater than 10 shallow wells were making on this lease before deep drilling started About 10 miles to the southeast, on the field's east dome, there were no conclusive developments during the After coring saturation that indi cated It will be on a par with the east dome discovery well, which It offset to the north, BUI Hanlon's No. 8 Gov't, is drilling out plug for a test of the Ellis sand, topped at 1788. 011 was cored In the over lying Brindley sand, but this has been cased off for a look at the lower deep sand horizon Continued on Page 3) < North Field Complétions Not Excitiniï Rugged driller« and tool dressers continued to make hole in the Krvin-Hnnhurst field dur ing the week despite extremely adverse weather condition«, but the result« of their endeavors were not exciting. perial-Cralg-Bluhm No. 20. SW NE 10-35N-1W, acidized with (ConUnusd on Page 6) 1m SW Tom Brook Moka* Strike. Alberto Tom Brook, energetic wildcatter, has made a i Alberta strike In the Lloyd min» 1er field on the Alberta • Haskatrhewan border. 300 miles north of the Albert» Montana line, according to the OU Bulletin. He bas in what appears to lie a commercially productive well, seven miles north of the cur rent producing limit» of the field, the Bulletin says. G fckpnr rilled I Mission Creek Well Standing J Wildcat of the Richfield Oil Com pany of California, on the Mission Creek structure near Livingston, in Park county, has made hole to 2635 feet with rotary tools and will suspend operations until spring cause of adverse weather condilfi lx ons Twin Buttes Wildcat 2987 Union Oil Company of California this week made hole to 2987 feet in its wildcat on the Twin Buttes structure in Stillwater county, northwest of Billings, and should be a completion inside of the next two weeks. Montana Power Test Near Pay Wildcat of the Montana Pow er Company on the Reagan structure, north of wells that got oil at the top of the Madison Hm«, this week made hole with rotary tools to 3540 feet after topping the Cut Bank sand at MM, and apparently will be a completion inside of the next 10 days. It Is less than two miles «onth of the Alberta border, on the Blackfeet Indian reaerva thm, west of the north end of the Cut Bank Held.