Company obtains rights to drill for oil in Geneva County

SLOCOMB, Ala. (AP) - Brewton-based BHM Minerals has obtained permission to drill for oil in Geneva County.

The company recently leased mineral rights from more than 200 property owners.  A BHM official said the company has committed to drill at two wells in the next month to 45 days.

Michael Cies, a company representative, said recent geological surveys and other testing indicated there could be large lakes of oil on lands in southern and eastern Geneva County.       But a few landowners said they were taking a wait-and-see attitude.

Previous efforts to find oil during the early 1980s were unsuccessful.

Geneva County's rich soil is best known for producing tomatoes.

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