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Tri-County Oil Field of Southwestern Indiana1

R. E. Esarey
R. E. Esarey
Bloomington, Indiana
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January 01, 1929


The field is located at the juncture of Pike, Gibson, and Warrick counties, Indiana, where the surface formations are of Pennsylvanian age. The regional dip amounts to 35 feet per mile to the southwest, and the collecting structures are mere pimples upon the regional slope. Surface structure does not coincide with subsurface dips, the lime-stone outcropping in the field showing production coming from a syncline. The oil sand manifests evidences of lens-like accumulation and may be responsible for the arching of the overlying rocks.

The Oakland City sand or the Mooretown sandstone forms the reservoir for petroleum. Gas is entirely lacking; each well had to be shot and put on a pump to secure production. Water is almost a negligible quantity, and the amount handled with the oil is decreasing. The crude is of good quality, green to brown in color, and fairly high in gasoline content. Production is light; consequently development has been slow.

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AAPG Special Publication

Structure of Typical American Oil Fields, Volume I

Sidney Powers
Sidney Powers
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American Association of Petroleum Geologists
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January 01, 1929




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