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New oil and gas fields have been discovered in the Southern Peninsula of Michigan ranging from the southwest part of the state to the Saginaw Bay area. Recent discoveries have been made in Arenac, Gladwin, Midland, and Allegan counties. The older pools lie in the intervening area of these counties and in other counties closely adjacent to them.
The most prolific production thus far has been confined to the central and deeper portions of the basin, but interest in possible shallower fields has been renewed with the finding of the Salem field in Allegan County. Oil is produced from the Traverse and Dundee limestones of Upper and Middle Devonian age, the Dundee being the principal producing horizon. New tests to explore the possibilities of Silurian and Ordovician formations are receiving added impetus.
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