Kenneth F. Raybon Meridian Oil Inc. Farmington, N.M. Bill Flowers Fisher Controls Marshalltown, Iowa Jim Johnson Vinson Supply Co. Farmington, N.M. Telemetry and process instrumentation is assisting in the production of gas from the Fruitland coal seams in the San Juan basin of New Mexico and Southern Colorado (Fig. 1). Since 1987, Meridian Oil, a wholly owned subsidiary of Burlington Resources, has been automating individual wells, pipelines, compressor stations, and produced water facilities in the San Juan basin. The automation system has improved manpower utilization, virtually eliminated gas flarin...

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