Oilpatch History

This month in history—September

As we go to press Saturday afternoon Herr Hitler's bombers have been blasting Polish cities for nearly 48 hours, Polish troops are holding off Nazi legions on three borders and Britain, France and their Empires have mobilized to fulfill their obligations to the Poles. Despite late reports of rumored 'peace' moves there seems little reason for hope that the second great World War can be averted. Causes of the catastrophe are well known-hatreds generated in 1914-19, mistakes at Versailles, growth of intense nationalism in the defeated states and finally the rise of a Nazi rabblerouser whose overweening ambition for mastery of Europe forces freedomloving peoples to take up arms and embark on Mass Murder once again.
ATLANTIC-LEDUC No. 3, most spectacular wild well in Canadian oil history ended its career Thursday morning, six months and a day after it blew wild last March 8th. A blazing "Funeral Pyre" ended the well, for 59 hours before its killing, it exploded into flame and smoke, caused by a spark of unknown origin. The heavy oil and gas flow feeding the fire was halted by water flooding of the formation through a relief well which had completed drilling and started water injection at time of the blaze. At its peak, the fire sent flames shooting from 400 to 800 feet into the air, with billows of black smoke rising between 6,000 and 7,000 feet. A long bank of smoke spread for 100 miles across the Central Alberta Plains.
By: CARL O. NICKLE, M.P.
SOME OBSERVERS BELIEVE PINE BEND REFINERY WILL OPEN MARKET OF WESTERN CRUDE, GENERALLY.
SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 29. LANDS IN TOPKINS, CANTUAR & CYPRESS HILLS AREAS
BY: CARL O. NICKLE, Publisher of the Daily Oil Bulletin & Oil In Canada
LARGEST SINGLE GAS RESERVOIR IN ALBERTA
The Oil and Gas Conservation Board will hold a public hearing at the offices of the Board, 603 Sixth Avenue S.W. Calgary, Alberta, on Wednesday, September 21, 1966, at the hour of 9:30 a.m. for the purpose of making public a tabulation crude oil and pentanes plus purchasers nominations for the month of October, 1966, and hearing representations of any interested persons in regard to the nominations.
The controversial decision by the Canadian Cabinet, turning down TRANS CANADA PIPE LINES bid for a new major link between Alberta gas and Eastern Canadian markets, via U.S. territory, has some light shed on it in the full text of the August 25th statement by Prime Minister L.B. Pearson, Full text follow:
$900 MILLION IS TOP BID FOR 450,000 ACRES OFFERED BY STATE
From Wednesday noon until late last night, a host of oil company executives, newsmen, bankers and others in Calgary gained their minute-by-minute coverage of developments in the great Alaska Land Sale by visits to or telephone calls to the offices of the "Daily Oil Bulletin", and by late Wednesday evening were provided with advance printings of today's Bulletin report on the Sale. The service was like that normally expected of the Bulletin for land sales in Canada and it became so because of cooperation of HOME OIL COMPANY and NICKLE MAP SERVICE in the project involving a sale in another country, in a building 1,500 miles away.
HOME OIL CO. LTD. of Calgary announced today that it has a 25% interest in the Hamilton Bros. group bid for tract #73 in the history making lease sale yesterday. The high bid was $40,844,250.
ARCO, president THORNTON F. BRADSHAW, said today in New York that "we are very pleased with the results of the North Slope lease sale". The pattern of the bidding, he said, confirmed our opinion of the high value of Arco's current exploratory average. In addition, Mr. Bradshaw said, "we obtained news tracts which we believe to have excellent potential for future exploration".
AMERADA HESS Board Chairman, LEON HESS, said in New York today that his company will move ahead as fast as sensible and practical in its drilling program on the leases the company acquired in yesterday's sale.
On the eve of September 18th, the Honourable PETER LOUGHEED PREMIER of the province of ALBERTA announced that the Alberta Government had satisfactorily concluded negotiations for royalty, public participation and environmental protection with SYNCRUDE CANADA LTD., and that the billion dollar oil sands plant would start construction soon near FORT MCMURRY, Alberta. It will be the largest single project in the history of Alberta and will directly employ over 1,600 people with indirect employment in excess of 6,000.
EMPLOYMENT & OTHER BENEFITS THROUGHOUT
WRAPPING IN CANADIAN FLAG MAY ALSO WIN OTTAWA
A fire in a fluid coker plant last night, and pickets by wives of G.C.O.S workers threw last-minute hitches into the official opening today of the $2.2 billion SYNCRUDE CANADA LIMITED 50,000 barrel per day oil sands plant.
ST JOHN'S NFLD. (CP) -- The Newfoundland government announced Friday that the Hibernia 0-15 offshore oil well has tested out at 800 barrels daily and at the same time cautioned small investors not to try to make a fast buck on the basis of rumored massive oil discoveries.
A five year agreement an oil and gas prices and revenue sharing marking an end to the bitter dispute between the federal government and Alberta was signed Tuesday in Ottawa by Prime Minister TRUDEAU and Premier PETER LOUGHEED.
by Jerry Cook
by Rick Charland
GULF CANADA RESOURCES INC. may have hit upon the elusive first commercial oil discovery in the Beaufort Sea with its Amauligak J-44 well.
by Dale Lunan