The lifeblood of our nation

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They disappeared to the north, still shooting. This was boom country now, however temporarily-another world of pickups painted with flames. It had been described in journals as “the hottest oil-and-gas province in North America”-a phrase in which Love found bemusement and irony, because for threequarters of a century the hottest oil-and-gas province in North America had been lying there neglected. “This region was written up in i907 as containing possible oil fields,” Love said. “They’re ‘finding’ them now. That i907 paper, by A. C. Veatch, of the U.S.G.S., was simply zakelijke energie vergelijken ignored. Until i975, people said there was no oil in the thrust belt. Now it’s the hot area. Veatch did his work in the part of the thrust belt that straddles I-80. He said oil should be there, and he said where. His paper is a classic. That it was ignored shows the myopia of oil companies, and of geologists in general. The La Barge oil field, in the Green River Basin off the edge of the thrust belt, was discovered in i92+ Twenty years later it became evident that the La Barge field was producing more oil than the structure could contain. The oil was migrating into it from the thrust belt. The evidence was there before us, and we didn’t see it. We talked about it. We wondered why. Now the margins of basins have become new frontiers for oil. Anywhere that mountains have overridden a basin, there are likely to be Cretaceous and Paleocene rocks below, quite possibly with oil and gas. The Moncrief oil company drilled through nine thousand feet of granite at Arminto and into Cretaceous rocks and got the god-damnedest field you ever saw.” On I -So to the end of Wyoming, we moved among the drilling rigs and pump jacks of some of the most productive fields you ever saw. Love said, “These rigs are not damaging the landscape very much. It isn’t all or nothing. It doesn’t have to be.” I remembered a time when we had gazed down into the Precambrian metasediments of a taconite mine off the southern tip of the Wind River Range. It was an open pit, square, more than a mile on a side. I asked him how he felt about a thing like that, and he said, “They’ve only ruined one side of the mountain. Behind the pit, the zakelijke energie range top is covered with snow. I can live with this. This is a part of the lifeblood of our nation.” I recalled also that when the Beartooth Highway was built, ascending the wall of a Swiss-like valley to subsummit meadows of unique beauty, Love defended the project, saying that people who could not get around so well would be enabled to see those scenes.

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