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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - July 15, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Mon., July 15, 1974 Seek Iowa Oil Under Alfalfa Field —UPI Telephoto Clarence Sewell, Coralville, president of Blazer Corp., admires the 96*foot oil drilling rig his company has erected in the Grant area of Montgomery county. By Charles Roberts GRANT (AP) — Clarence Sewell is sinking $40,000 into Jim Kenworthy’s alfalfa field to give America a better bargaining position with the oil-producing giants of the Mideast. A drill bit churned up the sunbaked soil, then caught 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 residents developing Iowa coal and oil, and working on a fuel additive Sewell claims can boost fuel economy IO to 15 percent. Birth Pains But oil is Sewell’s main concern as he operates out of a trailer in the field on Ken-worthy’s farm south of Atlantic. ‘'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 started,” 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 ot 17,000 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 geological structure of the terrain near Grant is a likely resposi-torv for oil. What the geologists look for, after getting data on all wells in the area, is a “promising structure,” Sewell explained, a “structural rise maybe 200 feet high. There is a chance that the dome beneath the earth harbors pockets or traps where oil hi collected and cannot escape — without a hole bored by a drilling rig. Sewell said the Grant project is atop the highest point in Montgomery county. He thinks the operation may be perched atop a trap laden with oil just waiting for the arrival of the drill bit. Know Soon It will not take long to know if the well will produce. “In eight to ten days — we will know,” promised Sewell. Sewell believes only $100,000 stands between Iowa, as it is today, and an oil-rich Iowa dotted with producing wells. “We could start a new industry here if we just had R 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-producing state for $100,000.” Other Wells Sewell is trying to “leverage this well” into another $100,-000 to subsidize the three other wells he plans to drill in the area. “We have about $50,000 tied up in all of the leases we’ve got, we’ll have another $40,-000 in this one — and if we had another $100,000, 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 nationa’ average is 15 barrels per day. A barrel contains about 42 gallons. 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 position to deal with them.” These members of a Nebraska oil drilling team connect sections of pipe during drilling 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 Kenworthy have watched his alfalfa field sprout the 96-foot oil drilling tower. Now they are waiting to learn if they are farming a potential oil field. Van Nostrand Opposes Saw hi 11 Rate Control Senior Citizen Gross Rated Zero' by Peers Seven Weekend Drownings By The Associated Press Seven Iowans died in six drowning incidents Sunday, and the body of an eighth victim 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 apparently was swimming with a group when the incident occurred. His body had been recovered by the time investigators reached the scene, authorities said. Mississippi Four of the drownings occurred 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, Cedar Rapids Man Marshall county authorities said. They Were Kim Wooster, 17, Gilman, and Mark Kopsa, 17, rural Gilman. The two apparently left their raft in the middle of the pond and were unable to make it to shore, officers said. Carol Jean Clark, 43, Wever, drowned in the Mississippi 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, Denmark. Swimming Danny Weiland, ll, Dubuque, drowned in the Mississippi 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 Dubuque. 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 extending 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 Moines river was recovered Sunday. The victim was Clarence Sage, 37, Des Moines, who fell into the river from a Des Moines bridge while fishing with friends. WASHINGTON (AP) - A national lobby group has given Rep. H. R. Gross (R-Iowa) a zero ranking based on IO roll call votes by U. S. lawmakers on issues affecting elderly per-|Mayne sons. Gross was the only one Iowa’s six representatives and ’ cent mark. country. I’m also a senior citizen, and I’ll vote for senior citizens or for younger citizens when I think they need it.” The council gave Rep. Wiley (R-Iowa) a 20 percent right” ranking and Rep. Wil-of j ham Scherle (R-Iowa) a 30 per- two senators rated as voting “wrong” on all ten issues favored by the National Council of Senior Citizens, Inc. Gray Panthers The group — sometimes Percent ranking Conversely, Rep. Edward Mezvinsky (D-Iowa) and Rep. John Culver (D-Iowa) were ranked 90 percent “right.” Rep. Neal Smith (D-Iowa) got an 80 2 Northeast Iowans Die in Rood Mishaps Sen. Dick Clark (D-Iowa) and Sen. Harold Hughes (D-Iowa) 38 percent Bv Gazette Leased Mires Two Northeast Iowans were who lost funeral home in Sigourney - called the “Gray Panthers” — 'also gave low rankings to. I Iowa's two other Republican,^ Percent and representatives and high marks marks, respectively. to the three Democratic house members and two Democratic Morningside Student senators. Gross, who is retiring this By Harrison Weber DES MOINES (1DPA) -Iowa Commerce Commission Chairman Maurice Van Nostrand hopes Federal Energy Administrator John C. Sawhill stays clear of utility rate regulation. Van Nostrand’s comments were prompted by a letter Sawhill wrote to the 50 governors suggesting a major overhaul of state utility rates to provide revenues for expansing electrical facilities. Sawhill rationalized that a major revision of rates would also discourage energy waste. “Sawhill has plenty to do,” Van Nostrand said in an interview, “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 Sawhill “never gets that authority over utilities.” The commerce commission chairman said “no justification has been proven for the price Ameri- among six persons Honors Announced Services (or young Icenbice L<,;;7f'ter"l7conseeuUvYtxrmsi SIOUX CITY - Eastern Iowan cans are Faying today for the July. are pending at the Reynolds,^ ,,    .    ,    students    attending    Morningside ?„ c, L,™7 ‘n Ice house, is regarded as a    havf .    ’    n    *as states that allows utilities to place higher rates into effect under bond almost immediately. “I think we have the shortest lag of any place, 31 days,” Van Nostrand said. “It might take eight to 20 months for the commission to decide the case, but the commission’s decision is retroactive to the filing date,” he added. If the commerce commission decides that a refund is in order the utility must pay its customers nine percent interest on any funds ordered refunded. Consequently, Van Nostrand believes the public is adequately compensated under this arrangement. Date Set for GI Assistance Checks DES MOINES (UPI) - The director of the Veterans Administration 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 assistance checks by the end of Sheryl Kay Ryan, 17, route their lives over the weekend in highway accidents. James Icenbice, 19, Sigour- Burr Oak. Her services were ne>, died Sunday when the farm ^joncjav tractor he was driving over-' D *    „    17 tlimed into a ditch and pinned ,rr? ® r w ’    * him beneath .t_    "**•    Cummul«' I a..    4    , college have been named as spendthrift and most .ssuesiRoa/man and Dimmi„ SchoUrs used by the senior citizens in three, Decorah, died early Sat-!,he rankijl tentiallv entaiI urday rn a one-car crash near OTnrfim ,arge sums ■ of |ax spending money. for earning a 3.75 gradepoint or better. Those receiving the honor included: iowa City — Wendy .... u 4U    u    Hartwig; Manchester — Dale1 was fatally in-ij^ » eterne" wife.?1 ST ~ Statal'highway patrol said ^ . Sundaf “ ,Dcs ,Moine£ ‘he inflationary toboggan we’re ^™deke S? Rapid?-« orWw JLr-r-L ™ a iw. ^ hls motorcycle and a car on toward financial collapse. I 7,9 Senior Citizen the accident occurred on a Pow eshiek county gravel road about six miles northeast of Deep river. collapse. collided on a gravel road near;have an idea that most of what price of petroleum products.” In his letter to the governors, Sawhill suggested that states modify their laws on regulating utilities to permit a utility an “automatic pass-through’’ for increased operating costs. Shortest Lag Responding to this suggestion, Van Nostrand noted that President Nixon signed into law Wednesday legislation extending the GI bill eligibility 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. I, 1955, and July I, 1966. Alan Herbst. Whether you’re buying or sell- Iowa is one of a handful of ing, want ads will work for you. Ask Citizen Monitoring of Water Quality Programs Norwalk exit of interstate that ranking is based on in-1 volves spending more money,” 1>a* Gross said. “I'm deeply concerned about; financial condition of this is ANKENY (AP) - Iowa ‘dead last among all the states Injured in Collision in developing a water pollution INDEPENDENCE — Roger Bocontrol program,” Kenneth leyn, 26, of 1341 Harold drive, Karch, director of the state De- SE Cedar Rapids, was in good partment of Environmental condition Monday at Peoples ...    .    ,,    ,    . hospital, Independence, where:(DEQ)',old delegates to he was receiving treatment for a Water Quality institute. water problems include the runoff of pesticides and fertilizers from farm land, farm land ero- the 35. William Wolfr, 19. rural ton, also died in Des Moines Sunday of injuries suffered the when his motorcycle and a semi-trailer truck collided on highway 30 near Boone. Michael Louth, 17, Clinton, also died as a result of injuries suffered in a car-moiorcycle accident. The collision occurred Politico! Adverti»ement Politico! Advertisement Political Advertisement (f celtic i\npuU (Ancile Established in III) bv The Gozette Co and oubilsned dally and Sunday at SOO Third ave SE, Cedar Rapids. Iowa 52406 Second class postage paid at Cedar Rapids, Iowa sion, insufficient sewer treat- Sunday night in Clinton, ment plants, runoff from animal Pauline Lady, 47, Havelock, feedlots into streams and rivers died in a Des Moines hospital of and the dumping of untreated injuries suffered when her car industrial chemical wastes into went off highway IO east of; lakes and rivers. I Laurens Friday. Subscription rotes by currier *5 cents a week. Bv mail: Night Edition and Sunday 6 issues S3 75 a month. $3? OO o year- Af temoon Editions ond Sunday 7 issues S3 15 a month, (40 OO a veor. Other states and U.S. territories SM OO a year. No Moil Subscriptions accepted In areas having Gazette carrier service. The Associated Press is entitled exclusively to the use for republication of all the local news printed rn this news poper as well as all AP news dispatches a neck injury suffered in a Sat-] urday night accident in Independence. Police said Boleyn had “We have a problem getting adequate funding from the legislature,” Karch told the 30 stopped his car in preparation11 ^ attcndinS,he meetin«-for making a left turn and was citizen action can help struck from the rear by an auto us monitor the water control driven by Calvin Hoskins, 35, In-programs we do have in effect.” dependence. No charges were filed. The DEQ sponsored the meet- _ i ing Saturday, and officials are ' r I cl*J pi •    hopeful that citizen’s organiza- v.ycie anlas; Driver tjons Wju S(a^e jn seek. Hospitalized for Cuts ing out major polluters and will Larry Lienhard J help publicize water pollution is a patient in problems. DECORAH 24, Ridgeway is a Winneshiek hospital for cuts and Among the groups represent- bruises suffered when he lost ed at the meeting were Iowa control of his motorcycle early Farmers Union. League of Sunday. Winneshiek sheriff's said Lienhard was riding on highway 9 in Ridgeway when the motorcycle skidded on the pavement and went out of control. The highway is presently closed for construction. Damage was estimated at $150 to Lienhard’s cycle. Public Interest Research Group officers i and Sierra club. Karch said Iowa’s major We put you first! 20 YEARS AGO — The house judiciary committee spiked legislation empowering Atty. Gen. Brownell to bar Reds from defense plants, but gave him the! wire-tapping bill he requested. OUR SERVICE DEPT. 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