The Operators Move In

Engler, Robert
September 1955
New Republic;9/12/55, Vol. 133 Issue 11, p10
The article discusses the features of oil business in North Dakota. Geologists have often noted that the historic geologic development of the 120,000 square mile Williston Basin, which includes portions of Canada, Montana and South Dakota, as well as western North Dakota, appears favorable for oil. North Dakota now has some 530 wells and produces about 35,000 barrels of crude a day. Shell Oil Co. has more than six million acres under lease in the Basin. North Dakota has a radical agrarian tradition. There is still a "Nonpartisan League" organization. INSET: How "Depletion" Works.


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