Enterprise-Journal from McComb, Mississippi on December 29, 1985 · 1
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McComb, Mississippi
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Sunday, December 29, 1985
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"Resurrecting this field and one other, and resuscitating a third, will allow us to produce about 43 million barrels of oil that otherwise would remain in the ground," said Max Markick, Eastern Division Production Manager for SWEPI. A barrel is 42 gallons. CO2, which is mostly what people exhale when they breathe, has long been used to make dry ice and put fizz in soft drinks. "Development of enhanced oil recovery techniques using CO2 provides a major boost for our efforts to get more oil out of those old fields," Mardick said. "It allows us to produce oil that cannot be recovered economically with any other known technology." INJECTED INTO an oilfield, CO2 removes oil droplets trapped in rock pores. Once the mixture reaches the surface, the COi is separated and is recycled through the formation. SWEPI, a subsidiary of Shell Oil Co., taps underground CO2 in reservoirs near Jackson, transports it 91 miles in a newly constructed pipeline, and injects it into Little Creek. It also will be injected in West Mallalieu and Olive fields. The West Mallalieu field is in Lincoln County and Olive field is on the Pike-Amite county line northwest of Summit. The work will cost an estimated $260 million. About 300 people have been employed at any given time on various stages of construction, about two-thirds of whom were hired locally. "We have been working on these projects for more than a decade, and have been able to accelerate things considerably in the past few years," Mardick said. "At this point, we are well on our way." The Mississippi CO2 story began in 1958 when Shell discovered the Little Creek field, which covers 8,200 acres in Lincoln and Pike counties. Shell removed 47 million barrels of oil but estimates 55 million barrels are still there. A PILOT PROGRAM - the industry's first after waterflooding was conducted at Little Creek from 1974 until 1978. It indicated COj injection could recover 24 million barrels, or more than 40 percent of the oil left behind after waterflooding. Based on the success of the Little Creek pilot, SWEPI purchased a major interest in the West Mallalieu field. This 5,700-acre field, discovered in 1946, produced about 26 million barrels from 100 wels. CO2 injection could produce an additional 16.5 million barrels. The Olive field, which was a late addition to the Mississippi CO2 projects, covers about 1,400 acres in Pike and Amite counties. Discovered in 1981, Olive should be depleted in early 1986 after producing about 4.5 million barels of oil. CCh injection is expected to recover an additional 2.5 million barrels. SWEPI's CO source fields are located at Jackson Dome, an underground uplift created during volcanic activity millions of years ago. The gas then migrated through formations deep within the earth until it encountered geologic traps, forming carbon dioxide reservoirs. The SWEPI portion of Jackson Dome contains large quantities of very pure COi. The Mississippi projects and others under consideration by SWEPI will not require all of these reserves. This will leave significant volumes for sale to other companies for additional enhanced recovery projects. To connect the source fields to the oil fields, SWEPI completed in late June the 20-inch diameter Choctaw Pipeline. This underground line was filled with COi in October after cleaning and testing. Amnesia victim hock after 15 years LARCHMONT, N.Y. (AP) A man declared legally dead after he suffered amnesia and vanished 15 years ago hits his head, recovers his memory, returns home and embraces his faithful wife on Christmas Day. How corny can you get? Ask James and Anne McDonnell, who played that script in real life this week. "It's like a fairy tale," Mrs. McDonnell said Friday. "I'm still realizing it." McDonnell told his wife he had spent the past 15 years in Philadelphia as Jim Peters, short-order cook, bartender and seasonal Santa for kids in an orphanage. On Christmas Eve, he said, he bumped his head in the cellar of the luncheonette where he worked. The lost memories of his life in Larchmont flooded back and home he came on the next train. Dad hurt when grenade he gave son explodes SHAMONG, N.J. (AP) A man who gave his son a grenade as a Christmas gift was injured when he pulled the pin and the supposedly deactivated device exploded, authorities said. . "I'm glad it was me and not one of the kids," said James Lang, 36, following the Christmas Day accident. Although the gunpowder had been drained through a hole drilled into the bottom of the grenade, its charging device still held powder and was active, State police Sgt. John Dennis said Friday. PARTLY CLOUDY: Today, becoming partly cloudy. High 55 to 60. Sunday night, generally fair. Low 30 to 35. Monday, partly cloudy. High near 60. New Year's Day, fair and cool. Business 6B Obituaries .. 10A Classified . 9-10B Opinions 2A Crossword .... 4B Outdoors 6A Family 2-5B South 8A Farm 8B Sports 4-5A More IB Weather 10A Nation 3A World 7A t 4 fra""- h.A Yvfeti Five Americans dead in attack at Rome airport 1 , i. ' 't s V Grieving widow AP Laser photo Lt. Brent Dougherty of the 101st Airborne Division of Fort Campbell, Ky., escorts Janorce Kaiser Davis to her husband's gravesite during military services Saturday. Her husband, Sgt. James A. Davis, was among the 248 persons killed when the division's jet crashed Dec. 12 in Newfoundland. Rap concert turns into brawl NEW YORK (AP) Melees at a "rap" music concert spilled into the streets as hundreds of young people jostled and robbed passers-by, leaving eight people injured, two critically, inside and on the sidewalk, police said. "I can't blame the rap music," police Inspector Robert Burke said at a news conference Saturday. "When you consider that there were 22,000 people inside there ... (there) was a minimal number of incidents." Police said they anticipated violence and stationed about 140 officers outside Madison Square Garden during Friday night's Krush Groove Christmas Party. An additional 160 officers were called when the violence was reported, Burke said. Some young people may have crowded boisterously onto the streets because a power failure had interrupted subway service at the arena, he said. One man was shot and five others stabbed inside Madison Square Garden, while two men were stabbed outside, officials said. Fourteen people were charged with robbery, assault, disorderly conduct or rioting after rowdy groups of youngsters began knocking into passers-by, Burke said. "There was a group of 200 of them walking down Broadway," said a police officer who rushed away to quell a minor disturbance before giving his name. "Anyone who got in their way lost whatever they had." "Krush Groove" is a Warner Bros, movie that follows the rise of a group of black New York City teens from washing cars to signing record contracts. Rap music's rhyming lyrics are set to a driving beat and synthesized background sounds. Bobby Goldwater, a spokesman for Madison Square Garden, said Saturday that most of those at the concert were well-behaved and that the violence was isolated and unrelated. "This was not a riot," he said. But he said Garden officials would discuss whether to continue booking rap concerts. The shooting victim, an 18-year-old man, was in critical condition Saturday after surgery. Airport terrorists were Palestinians, see Page 7 ROME (AP) Two Americans wounded by gunmen at Leonardo da Vinci Airport died Saturday, raising to five the number of the U.S. citizens killed in the Rome airport terrorist attack. Fourteen Americans remained hospitalized after the Friday morning onslaught with automatic weapons and grenades that killed 15 people, including three attackers, and injured 74 at the airport. In a near-simultaneous attack by other terrorists at Vienna's airport, three people . were killed and 47 injured. Two of the wounded were Americans, State Department spokeswoman Debbie Cavin said Saturday in Washington, but could not give their names or any other information because they had not waived their privacy rights. "Thank the Lord, I'm living," said one survivor, Michael Sweis of Oak Lawn, 111., at Rome's Sant'Eugenio Hospital. Four of his children were also injured in the attack in Rome. "We've got 14 people who are still in the hospital," said U.S. Embassy official Eric Terzuolo. "There are varying degrees of injur', but it seems like everybody who's in the hospital will survive." Terzuolo identified four of the Americans killed as Natasha Simpson, 11, a resident of Rome; John Buonocore, 20, of Wilmington, Del.; Don Maland, 30, of New Port Richey, Fla.; and Frederick Gage, 29, of Madison, Wis. Gage was a member of the Capital Times Co. board of directors. In Washington, the State Department identified the fifth dead American as Elena Tomarella, 67, whose family is from Naples, Fla. U.S. officials said that Maland and Mrs. Tomarella died Saturday. Natasha Simpson was the daughter of Victor Simpson, news editor of The Associated Press bureau in Rome, and Daniela Petroff Simpson, who works for Time magazine and Voice of America. Simpson and his son, Michael, 9, were wounded in the attack and were transferred Saturday to Salvator Mundi Hosptial. PATHOLOGISTS AT Rome's morgue said autopsies performed on 10 of the 15 dead showed that three died as a result of the explosions and the others were killed by gunfire, according to the Italian news agency ANSA. It said autopsies would be performed Sunday morning on the bodies of the three slain terrorists and the two Americans who died in hospital. Autopsies are required by law in cases of violent death. ANSA said relatives would be permitted to take the bodies of the Americans and other foreign victims home this week. Rome AP Bureau Chief Dennis Redmont said Simpson was expected to be released from the hospital in two days, and Michael was expected to stay no longer than a week. "They are resting comfortably and receving the best medical help available," he said. Wounded Americans spent most of Saturday recuperating and talking to family, friends and U.S. consular officials. The Jordanian-born Sweis recounted the moments of the shooting as he lay in his bed. "They started shooting, and when the shooting started everybody lay on the floor," Sweis told The Associated Press. "Somebody gets hit, somebody doesn't, somebody dies," he said. Sweis added: "People who do something like that should be severely punished. What do you think you should go and kiss them? I'm in the hospital suffering." He said he was hit in the head, but was otherwise in good spirits. HIS WIFE, Aida, said that the couple's daughter Jeanette, 11, was in a nearby hospital with two broken legs. She said that sons Sayel, 12, and Said, 8, and daughter Juliet, 6, were also recovering from injuries but were in good condition. Another injured American, Charles Shinn, 69, of Englewood, Colo., said from his hospital bed next to Sweis' that he was sore but otherwise appeared in good condition. "I've got pellet wounds all the way from my ankles clear up into the top of my head," he added. His face was covered with small, bloody marks where he'd been hit by metal from an explosive device. "The second that thing exploded, the guns started firing as though it were timed precisely for nine o'clock," he added. Shinn said his wife, Jeanne, 65, was being transferred to Sant'Eugenio. Kay Goff, 78, of Newport Beach, Calif., was hit in the leg and spoke from her bed at San Pietro Hospital to the AP in a telephone interview. Asked to recall the sequence of events, she said, "Darned if I know." Helen Brent Walker, civic leader, dies Virginia Helen Brent Walker, a well-known teacher, school principal and McComb storeowner, died Thursday in Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center. She was 76 years old and the husband of Joseph Marshall Walker of McComb. Visitation begins at 2 p.m. today in Hartman Funeral Home and continues there Monday until services at 3 p.m. Monday in Hartman chapel. The Rev. Richard Swayze will officiate and burial will be in Hollywood Cemetery. Born May 19, 1909, in Holmesville, Mrs. Walker was the only child of Julius H. Brent and Elizabeth Kennedy Brent. Mrs. Walker was a principal and elementary school teacher in many Mississippi and Louisiana schools and former owner of Brent's Speciality Shop in McComb. She also taught piano and organ lessons. She received bachelor's and master's degrees from Woman's College (now William Carey College) and. the University of Southern Mississippi, and was selected for many honorary publications, including Who's Who in American Education and Who's Who in Mississippi. She was a member of J.J. White Memorial Presbyterian Church, past state president of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, member of the Daughters of 1812, Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames of the 17th Century and Magna Charta Dames. She also served on the McComb Library Board for 11 years. Other survivors include one son, Joseph Brent Walker of Memphis, Tenn.; two daughters, Mrs. Virginia Burrows of McComb and Mrs if f Past SAARMC chief claims harassment Helen Brent Walker Elizabeth Dunnaway of Ocean Springs; two sons-in-law, Dr. Robert C. Burrows of McComb and Phil Dunnaway of Ocean Springs; and seven grandchildren, Barbara and David Burrows of McComb; Brent, Alicia and David Dunnaway of Ocean Springs; and Brad and Mary Beth Walker of Memphis. Tenn. The former administrator of Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center said he was harassed by a hospital trustee Friday when he attempted to visit his daughter, who works at the hospital. Dr. Thomas O. Logue, now the administrator of a hospital in Fulton, Ky., said Dr. John Morgan, a McComb physician who serves on the hospital's board of trustees, made "totally uncalled-for remarks" to him when he was in the hospital to see his daughter, Tony Lagrone, SMRMC director of social services. Logue also told the Enterprise-Journal by telephone that Morgan drove by his house several months ago, when Logue was preparing to move from McComb, "laughing" from his car and harassing him. Morgan said through a hospital spokesman that he had no comment on Logue's allegations. Logue said Friday's incident occurred when he dropped by the hospital to tell his daughter he was leaving after a visit to McComb. He said he went by Administrator Norman Price's office to ask permission to visit her, but Price and his secretary were out of the office. Logue said he received permission from another secretary and later notified another hospital executive that he was in the building and of the purpose of his visit. His daughter was out and he was writing her a note, Logue said, when Morgan walked in and "started harassing me and telling me I was no longer administrator." Logue said Morgan told him hospital personnel policies didn't permit such visits to employees and "he said 'don't you think you should leave the hospital'." "I got my umbrella and left," Logue said, but he did call board of trustees president Maureen Clark to ask her if it were all right to visit his daughter and she said it was. Logue, the hospital's first administrator, served for 15 years and resigned in 1984 after a financial investigation by the state Department of Audit. During the investigation and the period leading up to it, Morgan was Logue's chief antagonist on the hospital board. Logue now works for United Health Care as administrator of its newly opened Parkway Regional Hospital in Fulton and as vice president of Kentucky Inc. He said his duties in addition to being a hospital administrator include consultant work.

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