Rangely Field, Then and Now: LEVISION #7

Levision #7 was transformed from an above ground pump to a modern, electrical "submersible" pump with nothing to be found but a well-head. 

Levision #7 was transformed from an above ground pump to a modern, electrical "submersible" pump with nothing to be found but a well-head. 

RANGELY FIELD, THEN AND NOW: LEVISON #7. Perhaps my favorite of all the black-and-white photos I shot in the field in the old days is this one -- the northeastern field, on the plateau below Coal Oil Ridge, dominated by big air-balance pumps in 1970. The biggest pump in the upper photo is working well Levison #7.

When I finally returned to Rangely after a twenty year absence, I went looking for this very site, to duplicate it as nearly as possible. Chugging around the oil roads in my rented Geekmobile, it didn't take long. The big pumps were long gone, and all three wells in the earlier photo were now worked from underground by modern, electrical "submersible" pumps that left nothing to see up on the surface but the shriveled well-head, The field will never be the same.