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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 22 (1938)

Issue: 5. (May)

First Page: 565

Last Page: 573

Title: Geological Limitations to Oil Law

Author(s): William W. Porter II (2)


It is pointed out that the recent proposals to discard the "rule of capture" in favor of "ownership in place" are limited by geological considerations which, in many cases, make such determinations of ownership impossible. It is further pointed out that operation under the rule of capture need not preclude the use of good engineering principles, and it is suggested that stabilization be considered on its own merits without being confused with conservation.

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