U.S. Naval Petroleum Reserve Number 1 on Elk Hills in California.. Mr. R.C. Patterson, Supervisor Oil and Gas Operations, Geological Survey, Department of the Interior, with his assistant Mr. J. D. Gerkel comes out of Naval Field Office. Both of them with charts in hand walk alongside field office. Oil wells shut down to conserve the Naval oil reserve. Patterson and assistant converse, derricks in the background. Chart shows Naval Petroleum Reserve Number No. 1. Naval undeveloped lands. Patterson and assistant talk to each other. Patterson and assistant drive up to the shut-down wells for inspection. Sign reads 'US Navy - Well No. 8'. Patterson and his assistant enter and come out of building.
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