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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 20, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD-Wednesday, November 20, 1974 Water is bad news for Calgary gas company Death rides Soviet roads FORT NELSON, B.C. (CP) Water is bad news for Amoco Canada Petroleum Co. Ltd of Calgary and for natu- ral gas consumers in British Columbia and the north- western United States. It has caused unexpected 'production problems that >iave reduced natural gas pro- duction from the Beaver Rivor field, 770 miles north- west of Fort Nelson, to less than 40 million cubic feet a day from a peak of 240 mil- lion Amoco engineers and geolo- gists know what's ter has somehow entered the field's gas they don't know why it's there or how to get rid of it. Beaver River is a major gas field in British Columbia, with estimated deliverable re- serves of 1.300 billion cubic feet, abOut 13 per cent of the provincial total. Gas produced from River and the Pointed Moun- tain field in the Northwest Territories. 75 miles north of Beaver River, is all con- tracted to Westcoast Trans- mission Co. of Vancouver, which sells it in B.C and to northwestern states. SAME AREA Both fields are in the same geological area, the Liard fold belt, but so far "there has been no problem at Pointed an Amoco spokes- man says. Amoco has invested mil- lion at Beaver River and million at Pointed Mountain. The three production wells at Pointed Mountain are produc- ing their contracted amount of 90 million cubic feet a day In September, 1972, Amoco engineeis found that one of the six wells at Beaver River was producing water after be- ing on stream only several months. Then in July, 1973, a second well began pumping water to the surface, a signal that there was real trouble. Amoco drilled its first well at Beaver River in 1958 and for a long time the field looked great. Now in retrospect, Amoco engineers wished they had known more about the aquifer, the watersoaked rock lying beneath the gas field. Arriving at what they hoped was the solution, Amoco engi- neers decided to slow down the rate of production on the theory that it could be a "con- ing" is, rapid removal of gas causes a sudden drop in underground pressure and underlying wa- ter rushes into the well bore, taking the place of gas. WATER EVERYWHERE But instead of the water dis- appearing, water was found in two more wells And as engineers went back to the first well showing water, the water was still there, so it ob- viously was a problem more complicated than coning since no gas was being produced there David Sandmeyer, Amoco's assistant chief engineer, says the current assessment is that the problem may have been caused by a combination of coning and a rising of the un- derground water table. But he said Amoco still hasn't come up with a definite conclusion as to the cause of the problem and how to solve it. And because of the produc- tion problems, "today's as- sessment of the reserves is less than those originally esti- mated and contracted and less than what the B.C. gov- ernment is counting on." Three of the six Beaver River production wells now are either not producing any gas or only minor amounts. The three remaining wells have only limited production to ensure the best possible re- covery under the circum- stances. WELL A seventh well has been drilled in the Beaver River field and hopefully it will help indicate where the water table is located And a devel- opment well has been drilled at Pointed Mountain to in- crease production from that field If the Beaver River prob- lem proves anything, it is that the oil business is at best a risky undertaking. And it backs up Mr. Sand- meyer's contention that, de- spite technology and science, predicting gas production in- volves a considerable amount of luck. "This isn't the first time we engineers and geophysicists have not been smart enough to know what was going to happen But we did the best job we could." Amoco officials said the company has too much in- vestment at stake not to con- tinue to try to solve the prob- lem, although it is unlikely production at Beaver River will return to peak capacity. By MARK BRAYNE MOSCOW (Reuter) After years of describing high traf- fic accidents rates in the West as a symptom of sick capitalist society, the Soviet Union has suddenly found itself faced with an upsurge of accidents on its own roads. For months the press has been full of horrendous stories of drunken drivers wrapping their Fiat-type Zhigulis or Volgas around trees. Televi- sion has backed them up with grisly photographs of the out- come. In special broadcasts tacked onto the end of popular pro- grams, solemn-faced officials from the interior ministry have been reminding citizens of their duty to society to drive safely. The campaign, which began gathering momentum in the spring, came to a head in October with the declaration of an all-union traffic safety month or Mesyachnik and the publication of figures painting a frightening picture of death and injury. After tailing off in 1972 and 1973, in spite of the rocketing number of private cars, the accident rate in the first seven months of this year showed a staggering 85.5-per-cent leap. An estimated 13 million Soviet citizens now own their own car or motorcycle, a figure which is growing by at least a million a year. The Italian-designed and built Togliatti factory on the Volga alone is turning out compact four-seaters at a yearly rate of around Figures published in the press make no mention of a-- cident statistics for the wholt country. 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TV DINNERS Swansons Beef, Turkey, Chicken, 11 oz. pkg. COFFEE RICH Rich's, 16 oz. pkg............................ LAYER CAKES Sara Lee Chocolate or Vanilla, 14 oz. pkg....... 0 89' 89' 39' 89' CHIP DIP Kraft 4 Varieties, 8 oz. pkg. CHEDDAR CHEESE 29 Armstrong Mild or Marble, Ib. MARGARINE Blue Bonnet Soft Whipped, 11b. pkg. POLSKI DILLS Bickt, 64 oz. jar ...............1 SWEET MIXED PICKLES QQ 1 99 39 INSTANT COFFEE 49 Top Valu, 10 oz. jar COFFEE MATE Carnation, 11 oz. jar ;