MINING: Oklahoma Uranium

Uranium fever struck Oklahoma last week, carried there by a Texas wildcatter named Samuel Labon Shepherd. Eight months ago Oilman Shepherd was checking land in Nowata County in northeastern Oklahoma with a scintillator, an electric gadget used to find oil as well as uranium. Around him were wells producing oil by the waterflood method, in which oil is recovered by pumping water into the ground, thus increasing the underground pressure and forcing oil up the well. On the surface, the oil and water are separated, and the water is passed through a sand filter before being recirculated...

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