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By David Breen

This publication is the showpiece of the historical past venture. It info the Board's early years, describes occasions, explains why they occurred, and introduces us to some of the personalities who made them take place. Dr. Breen has hired his exacting criteria for precise learn and research in getting ready this paintings, and he has written it in a mode that informs whereas it keeps our curiosity. For this, the Board is grateful. distinctive thank you also are as a result of these participants, essentially former Board employees contributors, who dedicated a lot time and a spotlight to the gathering and synthesis of the mass of data. This publication offers with the 1st twenty years of the Board's heritage. The efforts of Dr. Breen and his learn assistants go away a list that may facilitate extra distinct research and critical written works at the Board's later background.

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Displacement of the oil occurs through the downward expansion of the overlying gas cap that takes place when the penetrating wellbore allows the release of reservoir pressure. With production, the reser- — xxxIx INTRODUCTION FIGURE INT. 5 Gas-cap-drive Reservoir voir pressure declines, and some of the gas-cap gas will be produced with the oil if production rates are too high. Therefore, as for water drive, the gas-cap mechanism is production-rate sensitive, and the downward rate of movement of the gas-oil interface should be kept low.

Rather, they developed incrementally in response to specific problems, in light of field experience, in the wake of changing technology, or, in other words, in the face of shifting historical forces. A proper understanding of the role and activities of Alberta's Conservation Board demands therefore a careful analysis of these historical forces. The historical forces set in motion by the discovery and increasing importance of petroleum were shaped in the first instance, however, by the mineral's peculiar physical properties.

Rude storage guidelines gradually emerged. Measures to reduce fire hazard, as well as laws to prevent flaring gas from gas wells and burning gas in flambeau lights, were common by the turn of the century. From 1890, oil exploration and production began to move from the Appalachian region westward to the mid-continent, the Gulf area and California. S. oil production. In the first years of the new century, the balance of production shifted dramatically. By 1910, Appalachian fields accounted for less than 10% of production.

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