- Associated Press - Friday, June 12, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A southeastern Nebraska farmer hopes to harvest oil that’s oozing out of his land.

Alvin Simon told the Lincoln Journal Star (https://bit.ly/1dzKoOv ) that he has known for decades about a possible “river of oil” underneath his Richardson County land. He thought about acting on it around 20 years ago, getting his land tested before putting it in the Conservation Reserve Program.

Colorado-based Orion Geophysical Consulting told him in 1994 that it didn’t find high enough levels of petroleum to warrant further investigation. But it said that it didn’t mean there wasn’t the possibility of oil and gas pools in deep formations.

Simon said the oil began appearing on his land following heavy rainfall this spring. He has invited oil companies to take a look.

“I’m going to get somebody to drill and start drilling,” he said. “I’ve got some oil people interested.”

Simon said if he does profit from the oil on his land, he wants to use the cash to restore his family farmhouse and pave the road to a church.


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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