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Montana oil and mining journal. [volume] (Great Falls, Mont.) 1931-1953, December 28, 1946, Image 1

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îfappg fa fpar!
The good old greeting "Happy New Year" has more than usual
significance this year to members of the Montana oil fraternity.
(The Montana Oil Journal has its own private cause for joy, in
that the automatic elevator is in and working and even the more
plump and wheezy members of the fraternity may now visit the
offices at 316 Montana Power Building without having to toil up
two flights of winding stairs.)
The year drawing to a close has been more significant than
many realize, and some of the things that have happened are
likely to have some profound repercussions in 1947.
Not the least of these has been the opening of production in a
porous zone beneath the top of the Madison lime in the Cut Bank
field and the opening of a high-pressure gas zone in the Devonian
formation on Texaco's Utopia structure. Both events are likely
to have repercussions during 1947, in areas far removed from the
immediate scene of the strikes.
Other highlights of 1946 have included extensions of the deep
pay horizons in the Cat Creek field, led by Bill Hanlon and Ralph
Chamberlain, with indications this development will receive
further impetus during 1947; plans for a deep test in the Flat
Coulee field, commencement of a Devonian test in the Banna
tyne field; start of a well seeking to extend the Pondera field pay
horizon; opening of new possible oil territory west of the Rockies,
as evidenced by spirited bidding for wildcat acreage in Beaver
head county;
Start of deep testing on Bowdoin dome; leasing of huge
amounts of acreage between the Utopia structure and Bowdoin
dome, much of it in the hitherto-neglected Coburg basin; start
of a Reagan nose test; revival of the Kicking Horse structure
with market outlet now assured; discovery of Madison lime pro
duction in the Elk Basin field, on the Montana-Wyoming border;
Dave Schrock's discovery on Rattlesnake Butte; northeast exten
sion of the Pondera field by A. B. Cobb; opening of a new Kevin
Sunburst field gas area by F. J. Buscher; opening of a new oil
area between the Kevin-Sunburst and Cut Bank fields by the Big
West Refining Co.;
Start of an important test on the Twin Buttes structure by
Union Oil Company of California—and finally, a general cause
for thanks, ending of OPA controls and a general rise in crude
There was some bitter with the sweet during the year, includ
ing failure of Bill Clark's deep test, in the Devil's Basin field;
abandonment of the Button Butte deep test, by R. C. Tarrant;
failure of the Devonian test of the Hunt Oil Company, in the
Hardin area; failure of the Maxwell Butte deep test of the Pure
Oil Company, and failure of the Mon-O-Co deep test on Harlo
Failures and successes alike had one beneficial aspect in com
mon, however:
They added to the all-too-meager store of information concern
ing geology and stratigraphy in the more than 100,000 square
miles of potentially productive area in Montana and brought
closer the day of additional discoveries.
So, no matter if you had good luck of bad luck during the year,
the Montana Oil Journal wishes all of you—
And now that you know the elevator is working, may we say
we'll be glad to have you drop in on us, not just during the holi
day season—but ALL DURING 1947!
Of general interest to the oil fraternity in the Rocky mountain
area is announcement by James Donoghue, president of the Rocky
Mountain Oil & Gas Association, of a meeting to be held soon with
members of the interior department to discuss regulations recently
announced, covering oil and gas leases on the public domain.
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Rig Is Moved Off
Kicking Horse Well
With hole bottomed at 1925 feet,
has ve
to drill
Husky Refining Company
leased the rig being used
its No. 1 McDermott on the Kicking
Horse structure. Only small gas
flows were found In this well and
it is reported, without official con
firmation, that it may be drilled
into the Madison lime in the spring.
Rock Creek Test
Drilling At 2550
Wildcat of the Rock Creek Bench
Oil Company near Moore, a short
distance southwest of Lewis town,
this week reported hole made past
2550 feet. It is being drilled with
rotary tools. Last reported top was
the third Cat Creek sand at 1323
The meeting will probably be
held in Washington, with date to
be announced later.
One of the primary features of the
new regulations that has been ques
tioned by industry members has
beep concerning chargeability of
options. As the regulations are now
Interpreted, section 192.4 (e), makes
all options held by any person or
corporation chargeable aginst the
100.000-acre limitation, and it is this
section particularly which Rocky
Mountain region operators feel
needs further clarification.
(Continued on Page 7)
Stanolind Elk Basin
Well Drilling, 3817
Stanolind's No. 129 ET, on the
Montana side of the Elk Basin field,
this week reported hole made to
3817 feet. Though it is only a short
distance north of a well that re
cently opened Madison lime produc
tion in the Wyoming portion of this
field, it is now reported that the
129 ET will test only the Embar
Tensleeo zones.
Bannatyne Deep Test
Reported Spudding In
Heavy duty spudder a x er equipment of Meeks & Beardslee
was moved to location th* k in the Bannatyne field and the
long-awaited deep test on L ^ a 'cture is reported to have spud
ded in. Housing for the crew . en obtained in the field and it
is believed operations can be \\'ied throughout the winter,
regardless of weather conditions. 'f Tom Carney, the backer,
is to test the Devonian formation. *teld, which once had 30
wells producing from a shallow sana x>ut 1500 feet, has never
had a deep test, though drilling of the Shallow wells served to de
fine it as a regular structure with considerable closure. The Devon
ian is expected at about 2600. with plans now calling for drilling
into the Jefferson section of the formation, recently found produc
tive by Texaco in its Utopia structure, 51 miles to the northeast.
Volume 26
Great Fall«, Montana, December 28,1946
Numb«- 41
"Toughy" Has Christmas Present
Shay Overcomes Jinx; Gets
Two Good Ones, North Field
What appear to be two of the best oil wells drilled in this year
in the Kevin-Sunburst field are being completed by C. W. "Toughy"
Shäy, on acreage recently acquired by him when he bought out the
interest of his long-time partner, R. J. (Rudy) Prevol.
The wells are almost in the center of Section 10-35N-3W, at the
extreme north edge of a square-mile government lease which has
been operated for several years by Prevol & Shay, developed so far
only by the drilling of wells around its western and eastern edges.
Activity in the Cut Bank field
was at a very low ebb during
the week, with no commercial
completion« recorded and no
new location« announced. Op
eration« for the most part were
confined to efforts to finish
(Continued on Page 5)
Carter Makes
Staff Changes
The following personnel changes
have been announced by Robert
Curran, Carter Oil Company vice
president at Billings, in charge
the company's northwest division:
Harry C. Chapman, Billings attor
ney, becomes assistant manager;
John O. Campbell Jr., recently chief
scout for the company at Tulsa,
comes to Billings as assistant divi
sion manager. Taking his place at
Tulsa will be Joe C. Kahl, who has
been chief scout for the northwest
division. And replacing Kahl at
Billings will be William Crutcher,
from the company's Illinois terri
Texaco Nearing Devonian
In Deep Test On Bowdoin
Company moved a step nearer the Devonian forma
c in its deep test on vast and hitherto untested Bow
The Texas
tion this week
doin dome in northeastern Montana, making hole to 3871, feet in

If this well checks with exposures
on the flanks of the Little Rockies,
the Devonian should he topped
around 4100 feel, less than 300 f
from the laift reported bottom of
the hole.
On the southeast flank of the
Bears Den field. Texaco's deep test
is drilling with rotary tools at 3365
feet, after topping the Madison at
2899. Objective is presumably the
Jefferson section of the Devonian—
the same horizon as that in which
high pressure gas in large volume,
plus oil shows, was found recently
on the Utopia structure, southwest
of Bears Den.
Both got a start as "hard luck"
wells, losing the first holes that
were commenced, one as Prevol
& Shay-Gov't. No. 21 in NE NE SW
10-35N-3W, the other as Prevol &
Shay-Gov't. No. 22, NW NE SW
10-35N-3W. Rigs were skidded 70
feet and new holes were started,
with new designations as 21X and

This week the No. 21X, after
the Madison at 1788,
to total depth of t804.
It immediately filled to the top
with oil and began running
«lowly over the top of the pipe.
ported inability to
lower than 200 feet
The crew re
ball it down
off the bottom.
The 22X got the Madison at
1795 and drilled to 1814, where
upon oil rose almost immediate
ly 1200 feet.
Both wells are scheduled to go
on production within the next few
(Continued on Page 7)
Union Wildcat
Drills Dakota
Interesting wildcat of the Union
Oil Company of California, on the
Twin Buttes structure northwest of
Billings, this week topped the Da
kota at 379<i and at last reports was
making hole past 3800 feet. No
showings of consequence have been
New Cat Creek
Weils Pumping
Poor wells 1 b the Cat Creek
field, drilled 1b daring the past
year by the Continental Oil
have been placed on prod net Ion
for the first time, natag elec
trical pumping equipment,
cording to the Wlnnett Time*.
Initial output of the four wells
is expected to be
apiece, the Times says.
(Continued on Page
about 40 barrels

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