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BULLETIN No. 84

THIRD ANNUAL REPORT

OF THE

State Oil and Gas Supervisor

of California

FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1917-1918

Covering Operations of the Department of Petroleum and

Gas of the State Mining Bureau

Submitted to

FLETCHER HAMILTON, State Mineralogist

by

R. P. McLAUGHLIN, State Oil and Gas Supervisor

CHIEF DEPUTY SUPERVISOR

R. E. COLLOM

DEPUTY SUPERVISORS
M. J. KIRWAN R. N. FERGUSON R. D. BUSH
H. W. BELL IRVING V. AUGUR

W. W. THAYER, Secretary

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TABLE OF CONTENTS.

Comparison of various methods for excluding water from oil wells in California.
Methods of drilling compared. Cement and formation shut-off compared. Cementing
methods compared. Factors of results of test for water shut-off. Details of various
sources of fluid entering a well at time of test. Tabulated results of tests for water
shut-off during fiscal year. Progress chart for comparison of a group of drilling wells

CHAPTER III.

LOS ANGELES and ORANGE counties, General statement, names of fields and geology.
Summary of water conditions. Graphic logs, peg-models and cross-sections. Method of
operations. Legal action. Details of development in following fields: Coyote Hills,
Olinda, Brea Cañon, Puente, Whittier, Montebello, Salt Lake, Newhall and miscel-
Janeous fields. Special report on Murphy-Whittier property of Standard Oil Company.
Formal Order No. 16, Petroleum Midway Co., Ltd List of Decisions.

VENTURA COUNTY. General statement and names of fields. Early history of opera-
tions in Ventura County. Details of development and water conditions in following
fields: Bardsdale, Sespe, South Mountain, Santa Paula, Ojai, Ventura, "wildcat” wells
and miscellaneous development, List of Decisions.

CHAPTER V.

SANTA BARBARA, SAN LUIS OBISPO, MONTEREY and SANTA CLARA counties. General

statement and summary of development. Details of development and water conditions
in following fields : Arroyo Grande, Casmalia, Cat Canyon, Lompoc, Santa Maria and
Sargent. Chemical analyses of water, Casmalia field. Subsurface contour map,
Casmalia field. Special report on Doheny-Pacific and Associated Oil Companies prop-
erties, Casmalia field. List of Decisions.

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Fig.
1 Decrease in production due to close drilling.
2 Diagram showing oil and water produced by certain operators.
3 Map of portion of Shell Company's property, Coalinga..
4 Sketch showing penetration of mud fluid in formations
5 Method of gauging oil and water at a well.

Cross section of wells in Salt Lake oil field.
7 Factors of results of test for water shut-off
S Progress chart for group of drilling wells.
9 Map of Montebello field.--
10 Map of Murphy-Whittier property-average daily amounts of water-

Map of Murphy-Whittier property--average daily amounts of oil. 12 Table showing physical condition of wells, Murphy-Whittier property. 13 Contour map showing underground structure Casmalia field... 14 Table showing chemical analyses oil well waters of C'asmalia field15 Map of a portion of Maricopa flat, Sunset field. 16 Ideal log of oil formations of Maricopa flat17 Map showing wells producing from Zone "A," Maricopa flat-18 Map showing wells producing from Zone "B," Maricopa flat.19

Map showing wells producing from Zone "C" Maricopa flat20 Graphic log and abstract of History of International well No. 2 21 Graphic log and abstract of History of International well No. 3 22 Graphic log and abstract of History of International well No. 4.

Graphic log and abstract of History of International well No. 5.. 24 Graphie log and abstract of History of International well No. 6... 25 Graphic log and abstract of History of Union Oil Co. (Jergins) well No. 1 26

Graphic log and abstract of History of International well No. 1. 27 Comparison of formation logs of two wells drilled about 20 feet apart. 28 Map showing water production of a portion of Maricopa flat.

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December 1, 1918. To His Excellency, the HONORABLE WILLIAM D. STEPHENS,

Governor of California. SIR: I have the honor to transmit herewith Bulletin No. 84 of the State Mining Bureau, being the Third Annual Report of the State Oil and Gas Supervisor.

The law providing for the protection of California oil deposits against water and other damage following improper development methods is an outgrowth of local conditions, and had little or no precedent to follow.

The underlying motive is to gather and arrange facts as to underground conditions and supervise oil field operations, as far as possible, in an advisory manner.

Previous to the enactment of this law, but scant attention had been given to the gathering and comparing of facts, and operations were largely conducted upon theories as to underground conditions. As the theories were usually advanced by men of long experience, the ordinary usage assumed the misnomer of "practical methods."

Very gratifying results have followed three years of educational work, during which time both the department and the oil operators have advanced in knowledge of natural laws governing underground conditions.

As was to be expected in such work, a few operators have not readily adopted suggested changes in operations, and some do not yet realize their responsibility in protecting the oil fields, in which the public is vitally interested. Some changes in the law, therefore, will be necessary in order to make it thoroughly effective. Such changes will not affect individuals or corporations who are more interested in the spirit rather than the letter of the law. Respectfully submitted.

FLETCIIER HAMILTON,

State Mineralogist.

MR. FLETCHER HAMILTON,

State Mineralogist. SIR: In transmitting the Third Annual Report of the work of the Department of Petroleum and Gas, I believe it may be well to call attention to the fact that the usefulness of the department to the public requires absolute impartiality in dealing with the various producers, both large and small. It is a pleasure to record that the department has been given a free hand to discharge its duty. Respectfully submitted.

R. P. MCLAUGHLIN, State Oil and Gas Supervisor.

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