Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on June 1, 1970 · Page 32
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Greeley, Colorado
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Monday, June 1, 1970
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Page 32 GREELEY TRIBUNE Mon., June 1, 1970 Get 'Em Up North, Scout By JULES LOII AP Ntwsftatures Writtr PRUDHOE BAY. Alaska (AP) -- A good scout is loyal, always tells the truth, never bribes' competitors or bugs their offipes. J. Norman Shear is a good scout. One of the best. "Do you want to know the highest tribute ever paid me as a scout?" Shear said. His warm blue eyes twinkled. In the Order "It's right here in this restraining order. You see, I was scouting a Gulf well last March and they said I was engaged in 'unlawful appropriation of property.' We agreed to quit land- ins our helicopter on their lease. Well, the manager of Gulf said our scouting was being done by the same fraternity, the International Oil Scouts Association, organized in 1924. Its current active membership is about 450. Shear is one of the group's be-t ter known members. Shear spent 10 years in Atlantic Richfield's geophysical sec- past 13 years. He worked in his native Texas and in Saudi Ara- tion and has been a scout the my part, I've never bought any bia before coming to Alaska in crime. I admit I've been templ- 1964, the first scout on the North Slope. And he can indeed, as the court order stated, learn a great deal about an oil well simply by observing what's going on. "I can tell by counting drill pipe how deep a well is at that moment," Shear said. "That's elementary. I can also watch the penetration rate of the drill and tell what rock done bv . , here it is: .. 'Em- ... let me find his exact words | f()rmation it ' s in . The ralc wi!1 in this court order . . . being vary from saV] 12 feet an hour to 200 feet an hour. Or I can study the coloration of the refuse in the pit." To study the progress of the Gulf well, about which all the fuss blew up. Shear landed his helicopter 200 yards from the ployes who have the necessary expertise to merely watch the phase of operations and thereby derive geological and other information of tremendous financial value." Some might consider "scout" : rig and watched, to be a euphemism for ihe rnorej The court order banncd ninl descrintive term "industrial r.TM_ /-,,!(',, ,,,.,,,,,,,.,, -,r,ri ,,,,,,, descriotive term "ind'^'rial spy." But to hear Norm Shear, In his soft, friendly, Texas drawl, discuss the art as practiced by the nation's big oil companies, it seems no more sinister than cooking out. Shear, a lean and lanky 44- year-old father of four, is senior district scout for Atlantic Richfield Co., the firm that together with Humble Oil Refining Co. drilled the discovery well here on the edge of the Arctic Ocean opening up the North American continent's richest oil field. "Until that discovery in 19C8," Shear said, "scouting was a dying profession. In the lower 48 states oil exploration is in decline. Scouts need a frontier. Only six companies acknowledge having scouts in Alaska just now, but right before the from Gulf's property and now he has to land a mile away and use a telescope. "It does an excellent job," he said, "unless there's blowing snow. Arctic weather is a constant problem for scouts." Why so much interest in that one well? "Gulf paid $90 million for six lease blocks around that well. All the surrounding blocks will undoubtedly be up for sale soon. My company will want to know whether to buy adjacent leases. Trade Info "There are a iiuniber of corn- panics scouting that well," he said. "We trade the information we get on it -- some of the information. "That's the way we work. For instance, I have a buddy at Shell. If I have some informa- company offered to sell a rival scout some information for $30,000. The scout made all the arrangements for the payoff-and notified the K.B.I. "Ethical questions are something every scout must decide for himself," Shear said. "For information, never offered to buy any, never committed a state's big sale last September .'lion he needs and it won't hurt of $900-million worlh of oil!my company, I give it to him. leases, as many as 16 scouts were prowling the tundra with binoculars. Thick Traffic "Helicopter traffic got so thick around one rig," Shear He might not have anything to give me in return, but some day he might. "I must grudgingly admit, though, that not all scouts operate that way. I've had all kinds said, "they asked us all to radio of offers under the table to sell in when we approached." Rival scouts are often the best of friends; in fact, members of out my company." Shear isn't the only one. Last year, two employes of an oil ed. "I could probably bribe some janitor to let me have his company's wasle baskets. This has been done. But I will not bribe anyone. "For the amount of money I spend in one month just operating a helicopter I could probably get an office bugged by an expert. That's been done, too. But not by me. I know one scout who used a stethescope to listen through a hotel room wall. "I also know of scouts who liave hired out to competiters as rig hands. I'm to well known to do that but I wouldn't consider it anyhow. I refuse to misrepresent myself. "I was in a ward in the hospi- :al at Fairbanks once, in the next bed from a roughneck who worked for a competitor. He had lost a toe working on a rig and was mad as hell at his company. He told me everything he siew about the well and never asked who I was. Goes Further "Back in Texas I went a step further. "Some company was about to test a wildcat well on a relatively unexplored area near College Station. That Sunday morning I put my wife and kids in the car and drove out to Ihe well. "I ambled up to the rig aiiu told Ihis fellow 'howdy' and asked what they were doing. He said they were fixing to test the well. I said, "Do you mind if we watch?' If he figured I was a big dumb country boy out to show my family an oil well, that was his own conclusion. He said, 'Go right ahead.' "That was a pretly good coup, don't you think?" It was the sort of coup that likely wouldn't be scored against Shear's company. To reassure itself,. Atlantic Richfield has instrucled Shear to scoul the company's own particularly sensitive wells and report what he could learn about them. Shear has also been known to scout on scouts scouting on Atlantic Richfield, to find out how much they know. For all the telescope peeping and stethescope listening and drill pipe counting, Shear say; an oil scout's best information often comes in informal conversation with other oil people. "Take that Gulf well," he said. "One day a bunch of us were having coffee and a Gulf execu- ;ive said he was keeping his eye on things so closely that he was going to stay right at the well jntil they set the surface cas- ng. I called his office every day. As long as they told me he .vas out, I knew they hadn't sel Jie surface cosing. Comical Look "See this old scraggly beard of mine? Makes me look sort of comical. Well, if I can get people talking and laughing about ne, and I laugh along with hem, it gets everybody in a good, talkative mood. That opens up all sorts of vislas. "People tend to get careless n conversation. . .. "Just listening is often good inough, especially if you have some idea of what they're talking about in the first place. Invariably two guys will start conversing and at first they're very guarded, very careful. As the conversation drags on they get more careless. It happens all the time." Plainly, Norm Shear likes his work. He loves to talk about it and gives no indication he has anything lo hide--one secrel of his effectiveness. "Here in Alaska we've only scratched the surface. There is so much the company needs to know. It's a scout's dream. "No," he said, answering a question, "1 never have any misgivings about the work. I know we are often referred lo as thieves.-That doesn't bother me. In a sense I guess I am a thief--but an ethical one." Seoul's honor? "Scout's honor." Reverse Tax CHICAGO (AP) - Family income maintenance, considered to be a financial allernalive to public assistance and other aid programs, may be pul into effect within the year. W. Bowman Cutter, special assistant to Ben W. Heineman who was chairman of Ihe federal Commission on Income Main- enance Program, says Ihe me- .hod is considered to be a revo- .utionary social welfare concept. Sometimes called the "reverse ncome tax," it would provide :or payment of funds to families and individuals when their income drops below a certain eve! considered necessary for he maintenance of basic hu-! man needs. Business Mirror ·y JOHN CUNNIFF AP Builneil N«v«« Analyit By LINDA RUBEY AP Business Writer John Cunniff is on vacation. NEW YORK (AP) - After nore than four months experi- ·nee, the flying public seems to ove the Boeing 747 superjet. The four airlines with 747s in ervice all report they're filling more seats on a percentage ba- is than with the 707s. Pan merican, which inagurated 747 ervice on Jan. 21, has flown nore than 200,000 passengers in he new plane. Pan Am says its 18 superjets re an average of 70 per cent nil for each flight. This com- ares with an average of 55 per ent for its 707 flights which can arry a maximum of 177 pas- engers. "When we first started 747 ervice people would tell me ley didn't want to fly on a 747. iut I haven't heard that in a one time," says Miss Linda Vilson, reservationist at Pan "Even with places we don't y to with the plane, they're ea- er to know when we will," she dds. The complaints registered sually come during full flights 'hen stewardesses have a hard me getting food served to the 60 plus passingers because the isles are so full of curious pas- engers walking around. Minor make electrical difficulties also have plagued the lighting and movie sound system. "But the complaints people a have from flying on a full 74 are the same one they have about a full 707. Service jusi can't be as satisfactory when a flight is full," Colussy says. In addition to Pan Am, American Airlines has two in service TWA has eight and Lufthansa one. Boeing has delivered 36 of the superjets to nine airlines so far. It has a total of 197 ordered by 30-airlines, including 11 orderec :his year, and expects 95 to be delivered by the end of 1970. The cost of a 747 is about $22 million compared with $8.6 mil- ion for a 707. American Airlines, for one, reports each of its 747 has carried more passengers than two '07s. American found the demand for first class space so ;reat it increased this section jy 28 seats bringing the total 'irst-class seats up to 86. Snough first-class passenger can practically pay for a flight. It usually takes a year to figure out the passenger load any new plane must carry to break even on a flight. But estimates "or the 747 indicate that it could fly only 40 per 'cent full and still money on a flight, com- Teen Designs Heart-Lung Machine RICHMOND, Va (AP) Craig R. Rudlin got the idea for a new kind of heart-lung machine when he was 14-years-old. Now he's 17, he has built a model of the device, and on Tuesday, he'll receive a patent from the U. S. government. A U. S. 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