OIL: West Edmond's Hour of Glory

The greatest concentration of rotary drilling rigs in the world were biting their way into West Edmond oilfield last week, 15 miles from Oklahoma City. West Edmond was spewing out a $500,000 monthly payroll and a major housing headache for the already oil-booming capital and its environs.

To petroleum geologists, concerned with the nation's future oil resources, West Edmond is a welcome find. Its proven reserves are now indicated at 117 million bbl. (20 million bbl. qualifies a field to be classed as major). And West Edmond is young, its capacity still not...

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