I have just stated they
could not, for this reason: the whole production is so small that it is no more than sufficient to warrant the overhead. Perhaps, "overhead" is not the correct word. I mean the pumping, tanking and conduit system necessary to carry the oil so many miles down to Sarnu. You cannot support that system from the production of what my hon. friend calls the gushing wells, those that make a profit without any bounty. They represent onty fifty per cent of the total production; consequently they could not sustain the overhead. Unless you maintain the conduit system you cannot have any wells at all.