Cedar Rapids Gazette, July 15, 1974, Page 7

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July 15, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - July 15, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Rapids Gazette: MOD.. July 15, 1974 Seek Oil Under Iowa Alfalfa Field Clarence Sewell, Coralville, president oi Blazer Corp., admires thi rig his company has erected in Ithe Grant area of Montgomery county. Teleptioto 96-foot oil (drilling Itv Charles Huberts "GRANT UP) Clarence Sewell is sinking into Jim Kemvorihy's alfalfa Held to give America a better bar- gaining position with (he oil- producing giants of the Mid- east. A drill bit churned up the sunbaked soil, then taught hold and began its trip toward what Sewell hopes will be a profitable, producing oil well. Sewell is from Blazer Corp., a group of 50 Iowa City resi- dents developing Iowa coal and oil, and working on a fuel additive Sewell claims can boost fuel economy 10 to 15 percent. Birth Pains But oil is Sewell's main con- cern as he operates out of a trailer in the field on Ken- worthy's farm south of Atlan- tic. "Everybody who's ever tried to develop oil in Iowa has just really, really gone through the birth pains of trying 'to get an industry he said. Sewell recalled there have been 106 oil wells sunk into Iowa. All but five or six did not produce. Blazer is embarking on a project to hunt oil on acres across Iowa. The first four wells will be in the Grant area. Oil hunters depend heavily on geologists to find likely spots to drill. Likely Repository Blazer hired a Coralville firm, which believes the geolo- gical structure of the terrain near Grant is a likely resposi- tory for oil. What the geologists look for, after getting data on all wells in the area, is a "promising Sewell explained, a "structural rise maybe 200 feet high. i There is a chance that the dome beneath the earth har- bors pockets or traps where oil has collected and cannot escape without a hole bored by a drilling rig. Sewell said the Grant proj- ect is atop the highest point in Montgomery county. He thinks the operation may be percheii atop a trap laden with oil just waiting for the arrival of the drill bit. Know Suon It will not take long to know if the will produce. "In eight to fen days we will promised Sewell. Sewel! believes only stands between Iowa, as it is today, and an oil-rich Iowa dotted with producing wells. "We could start a new in- dustry here if we just had a little faith with some of the people. "When you think of the amount of money that's thrown around the state in various things you know we could prove or disprove that Iowa can be an oil-pro- ducing state for Other Wells Sewell is trying to "leverage this well" into another 000 to subsidize the three oth- er wells he plans to drill in the area. "We have about tied up in all of the leases we've got, we'll have another 000 in this one and if we had another we could develop the rest of the state." He said Blazer will complete the well if it yields five or ten barrels of oil daily. Sewell said the national av- erage is 15 barrels per day. A barrel contains about 42 gal- lons. Better Position Although it is doubtful Iowa will put Saudi Arabia out of the oil business, Sewell said the American people must get into "a better financial posi- tion to deal with them." These members of a Nebraska oil d. ing operations in Montgomery county. He believes "the longer we let them have their own way, the tougher it's going to be on us and what we have to pay for their oil." Neighbors of farmer Ken- worthy have watched his al- falfa field sprout the 96-foot oil drilling tower. Now they are waiting to learn if they are farming a potential oil field. Iling team connect sections of pipe during drill- Senior Citizen Gross Rated 'Zero' by Peers Seven Weekend Drownings By The Associated Press Seven lowans died in six drowning incidents Sunday, and 'the body of an eighth vic- tim was recovered two days after he fell into a river. John David Hillebrand, 22, Solon, drowned Sunday in a quarry about five miles north of Iowa City. The Johnson county sheriff's office said Hillebrand ap- parently was swimming with a group when the incident oc- curred. His body had been recov- ered by the time investiga- tors reached the scene, auth- orities said. Mississippi Four of the drownings oc- curred in the Mississippi river. Lawrence LaVerne Erbst, 26, Davenport, lost his life in the Mississippi as he and two companions tried to pull a fourth friend from the water. Authorities said the other three were walking along a wing dam on Credit Island when one of the men fell in. In a rescue attempt, Erbst also slipped into the water. His body was recovered about 90 minutes later. Lift Raft Two teenagers were drowned while swimming in a farm pond west of Laurel, Marshall county authorities said. They Iwere Kim Wooster, 17, Gihnan, and Mark Kopsa, 17, rural Oilman. The two ap- parently left their raft in the middle of the pond and were unable to make it to shore, of- ficers said. Carol Jean Clark, 43, Wever, drowned in the Missis- sippi after she fell from a boat as it approached a boat ramp near the Burlington Memorial auditorium. Resuscitation efforts failed and she was pronounced dead at a Burlington hospital. She was a passenger in a craft driven by Bill Rutledge, Den- mark. Swimming Danny Weiland, 11, Du- buque, drowned in the Missis- sippi while he was swimming with several men, including his stepfather. Authorities said the boy was pulled under by the current about 16 miles north of Du- buque. His body was recovered about two hours later. On Saturday, a Dubuque woman died in the Mississippi on the Wisconsin side of the river. Wisconsin authorities said Linda Vorwald, 26, drowned when she fell from a plank ex- tending from the shore into the water just north of Prairie du Chien, Wis. Polk County Medical Ex- aminer Dr. R. C. Wooters said the body of a man who drowned Friday in the Des Monies river was recovered Sunday. The victim was Clarence Sase, 37, Des Moines, who fell into the river from a Des Moines bridge while fishing with friends. 2 Northeast lowans Die in Road Mishaps By Gaietle Leased Wires Two Northeast lowans among six persons who lost their lives over the weekend in highway accidents. James Icenbice, 19, Sigour- ney, died Sunday when the farm tractor he was driving over- turned into a ditch and pinned him beneath it. The Iowa highway patrol said the accident occurred on a Pow- eshiek county gravel road about six miles Deep river. northeast of Services for young Icenbice ending at the Reynolds funeral home in Signourney. Sheryl Kay Ryan, 17, route three, Decorah, died early Sat- urday in a one-car crash near Burr Oak. Her services were held Monday. Byron Edgar Brown II, 17, rural Gumming, was fatally in- jured Sunday in Des Moines after his motorcycle and a car collided on a gravel road near the Norwalk exit of interstate Ask Citizen Monitoring of Water Quality Programs ANKENY (AP) Iowa is Cedar Rapids Man 'dead last among all the states Injured in Collision developing a water pollution INDEPENDENCE Roger Bo leyn, 26, of 1341 Harold drive SE, Cedar Rapids, was in good condition Monday at Peoples hospital, Independence, where! control Kenneth Karch, director of the state De- p a r t m e n t of Environmental Quality told delegates to 35. William Wolfr, 19, rural Pa- ton, also died in Des Moines Sunday of injuries suffered when his motorcycle and a se- mi-trailer truck collided on highway 30 near Boone. Michael Louth, 17, Clinton, also died as a result of injuries suffered in a car-motorcycle accident. The collision occurred Sunday night in Clinton. Pauline Lady, 47, Havelock, feedlots into streams and rivers Idled in a Des Moines hospital of, and the dumping of suffered when her carj industrial chemical wastes off highway 10 east ofi WASHINGTON (AP) A na- tional lobby group has given Rep. H. R. Gross (R-Iowa) a zero tanking based 'on 10 roll call votes by U. S. lawmakers on issues affecting elderly per- sons. Gross was the only one of Iowa's six representatives and two senators rated as voting "wrong" on all ten issues fa- vored by the National Council of Senior Citizens, Inc. Gray Panthers The group sometimes called the "Gray Panthers" also gave low rankings to Iowa's two other Republican representatives and high marks to the three Democratic house members and two Democratic senators. Gross, who is retiring this year after 13 consecutive terms in the house, is regarded as a spendthrift and most issues used by the senior citizens in the rankings potentially entail spending large sums of tax money. Senior Citizen "Maybe there are those who are not quite as concerned with the inflationary toboggan we're on toward financial collapse. I have an idea that most of what that ranking is based on in- volves spending more Gross said. "I'm deeply concerned about the financial condition of this water problems include the run- off of pesticides and fertilizers from farm land, farm land ero- sion, insufficient sewer treat- ment plants, runoff from animal country. I'm also a senior citi- zen, and I'll vote for senior citi- zens or for younger citizens when I think they need it." The council gave Rep. Wiley Mayne (R-Iowa) a 20 percent "right" ranking and Rep. Wil- liam Scherle (R-Iowa) a 30 per- cent mark. Conversely, Rep. Edward Mezvinsky (D-Iowa) and Rep. John Culver (D-Iowa) were ranked 90 percent "right." Hep. Neal Smith (D-Iowa) got an 80 percent ranking. Sen. Dick Clark (D-Iowa) and Sen. Harold Hughes (D-Iowa) get 100 percent and 88 percent marks, respectively. Morningside Student Honors Announced SIOUX CITY Eastern lowan students attending Morningside college have been named as Roadman and Dimmitt Scholars for earning a 3.75 gradepoint or better. Those receiving the honor in- cluded: Iowa City Wendy Hartwig; Manchester _ Dale Howard; Monona Raejean Pacholke; Schleswig Janice Kan Nostrand Opposes Sawhill Rate Control By Harrison Weber DES MOINES (IDPA) Iowa Commerce Commission Chairman Maurice Van Nos- trand hopes Federal Energy Administrator John C. Sawhill stays clear of utility rate reg- ulation. Van Nostrand's comments were prompted by a letter Sawhill wrote to the 50 gover- nors suggesting a major over- haul of state utility rates to provide revenues for expans- ing electrical facilities. Sawhill rationalized that a major revision of rates would also discourage energy waste. "Sawhill has plenty to Van Nostrand said in an inter- view, "and if he thinks he can find a simple answer to rate regulation of utilities, he's wrong. He could do a lot of damage in the process." Price of Oil Noting that Sawhill was in charge of the price of oil, Van Nostrand said he hopes Saw- hill "never gets that authori- ty over utilities." The com- merce commission chairman said "no justification has been proven for the price Ameri- cans are paying today for the price of petroleum products." In his letter to the gover- states that allows utilities to place higher rates into effect under bond almost immedi- ately. "I think we have the shortest lag of any place, 31 Van Nostrand said. "It might take eight to 20 months for the commission to decide the case, but the com- mission's decision is retroac- tive to the filing he added. If the commerce com- mission decides that a refund is in order the utility must pay its customers nine per- cent interest on any funds or- dered refunded. Consequently, Van Nostrand believes the public is adequately compen- sated under this arrangement. Date Set for Gl Assistance Checks DES MOINES (UPI) The director of the Veterans Ad- ministration regional office here announced Monday that veterans attending school in Iowa this summer, whose GI bill eligibility was just extended two years, will receive education as- sistance checks by the end of July. President Nixon signed into law Wednesday legislation ex- nors, Sawhill suggested that tending the GI bill eligibility Schmadeke; Cedar Alan Herbst. Rapids states modify their laws on regulating utilities to permit a utility an "automatic pass- through" for increased operat- ing costs. Shortest Lag Responding to this sugges- tion, Van Nostrand noted that Iowa is one of a handful of from eight to ten years. The former eight-year deadline on using school benefits expired June 30 for veterans separated from military service between Jan. 1, 1955, and July 1, 1966. Whether you're buying or sell- ing, want ads will work for you. Political Advertiser (tt'ilur ihipuU he was receiving treatment for a Water Quality institute. a neck injury suffered in a Sat- "We have a problem getting urday night accident in Indepen-1 adequate funding from the le- jgislalure." Karch told the 30 Police said Boleyn had! stopped his car in preparation! atlcndine meeting. j for making a left turn and Clllzen actlon help j struck from the rear by an auto1 us monitor the water control1 driven by Calvin Hoskins, 35, In-j programs we do have in effect." dependence. j The DEQ sponsored the meet- o charges were f led mgJSaturday, and officials are ci :j p> 'hopeful that citizen's organiza- Cycle Skids; Driver will aid lhe statc k. Hospitalized for Cuts! ing out major polluters and will DECORAH Larry Lienhard, j help publicize water pollution 24, Ridgeway is a patient in i problems. lakes and rivers. Laurens Fridav. by Trie Gazette Co. and published dolly and Sunday at 500 Third ove. SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406. Second class poslaae paid at Cedar Roplds, Iowa. Subscription rotes by carrier 95 cents a week. By moil: NlBht Edition and Sunday A Issues 53.75 a month, a year: Al- ternoon Editions and Sunday 7 Issues I3.B5 a month, a year. Other slates and U.S. territories WO.OO a year. No Mail Subscriptions accepted In areas havina Gazette carrier service. fell as all AP news dispatches. Winneshick hospital for cuts and bruises suffered when he lost control of his motorcycle early Sunday. Among the groups represent- ed at the meeting were Iowa Farmers Union, League of Public Interest Research Group Winneshick Pherift's officers and Sierra club, said Lienhard was riding on) Karch said Iowa's highway 9 in Ridgeway when the motorcycle skidded on the pavement and went out of con- major trol. The highway is presently closed for construction. Damage was estimated to Lienhard's cycle. 20 YEARS AGO The house judiciary committee spiked leg- islation empowering Ally. Gen. Brownell to bar Iteds from de- jfensc plants, but gave him the 'wire-tapping bill he requested. We put you first! OUR SERVICE DEPT. IS OPEN PM DAILY and on THURSDAY 'til 9 You're someone special AT RAPIDS CHEVROLET whether you want a new or used car a new or used truck a motor home for seeing the good USA or the kind of great service you like! Check our Classified Auto Ads Tired of Money I elections There are two ways you can do something about it. One is by sending a contribution to the party or the candidate of your choice. The other is by contributing some of your time as a campaign worker. Our candidate, Tom Riley, needs your help if he is to get the chance to do as much for us in Washington as he has done in Des Moines. By contributing either time or money (or a little of both) you can do your part to strengthen our political process in America. Please call Volunteer Coordinator Sheryl Nassif at 365-0536 if it's time that you can give us, or send us your check payable to Riley tor Congress Committee, 111-1st Avenue SE. Eillier type of contribution is urgently needed and will be greatly appreciated. Arleno DayhoH, Chairperson lor Congress Committee ;