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MONTANA GOVERNOR IS SITTING ON AN OIL MINE
May 29, 2008 --
HELENA, Mont. - Here's some very good news about oil that the manipulators on
Wall Street don't want you to know: there could be as much as 40 billion barrels
of crude lying untouched in eastern Montana.
That's billion with a "b" -
as in a ball-breaking amount for those speculators who are purposely pushing oil
higher for their own selfish reasons.
Who says? Montana Gov. Brian
Schweitzer does, adding that his state - with fewer than 1 million residents -
would be thrilled to bail the US out of its current energy predicament.
While on a visit to Wyoming and Montana, I popped in on Schweitzer, the
Democratic governor, who was more than happy to answer my questions about the
rumors of huge oil deposits in the so-called Bakken area of his state.
Right now, the US Geological Service estimates that there are 4.3
billion barrels of recoverable oil in the Bakken region, which also reaches into
"They are always conservative," said Schweitzer, who
greeted me in his office dressed in jeans, a white shirt and a string tie.
"There will be more. It'll probably be more like 40 billion."
much, in fact, that a discovery like that - or even hints of such a find - could
ruin speculators' chances of getting the price of oil much higher than it
In fact, just the knowledge of such big oil deposits -
together with a drop off in fuel use because of the recession and the inevitable
development of alternative energy sources - might cause gasoline prices to fall
substantially in the future.
As it is today, Americans are being cheated
on the price of oil. I've been writing about this for the past couple of years
and now even a do-nothing Congress is getting concerned, although its ire is
Wall Street speculators, aided by cheap money from the
Federal Reserve and an ill-informed press, have kidnapped oil in much the same
way that the Hunt brothers cornered the silver market in the 1970s.
only difference is that the Hunt escapades didn't come close to ruining the
country's economy. Congress is blaming the oil companies, which certainly are
benefiting from the surge in oil prices. President Bush did his part by
groveling to the Saudis for more oil - and was offered a token increase, but was
essentially turned down.
But maybe if we start digging in Montana, we
just might get our national dignity back - and even save our economy.
"We've been drilling out there for 70 years," said Schweitzer of the
Bakken area. "People there like new oil production. In fact, the city of Sydney
[the county seat] wants to build a refinery. Where else in America do you have a
community that says, 'we want to build a refinery in our backyard?' "
Schweitzer, an agronomist with an advanced degree in soil science, has a
picture on his office wall of his grandfather operating a one-man refinery.
If you let him - and I did - Schweitzer will explain how oil deposits
come to be formed over millions of years. He also explains how the Bakken
contains so-called oil shale, which means that the crude needs to be flushed out
of tight rock formations.
With improved technology today and higher
prices, this recovery method is now very feasible.
"And the nice thing,"
Schweitzer said, "is it's one drill hole per section." For you city slickers, a
"section" is a huge 640 acres.
By comparison, Saudi Arabia has the
largest known oil reserves at 260 billion barrels.