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This Week in Petroleum History

This Week in Petroleum History, November 2 to November 8

November 2, 1902 - First Gas-Powered Locomobile delivered -  Previously known for building steam-powered automobiles, the Locomobile Company of America delivered its first gasoline-powered "Locomobile" to a buyer in New York City. The company had hired Andrew Riker, a...

This Week in Petroleum History, October 26 to November 1

October 26, 1970 - Joe Roughneck Statue dedicated in Texas -  Texas Governor Preston Smith dedicated a "Joe Roughneck" memorial in Boonsville to mark the 20th anniversary of a giant natural gas field discovery there. In 1950, the Lone Star Gas Company Vaught No. 1...

This Week in Petroleum History, October 19 to October 25

October 19, 1990 - First Emergency Use of Strategic Petroleum Reserve -  As world oil prices spiked after the August 1990 invasion of Kuwait by Saddam Hussein's Iraqi troops, the first presidentially mandated emergency use of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve was...

This Week in Petroleum History, October 12 to October 18

October 13, 1954 - First Arizona Oil Well -  Arizona became the 30th petroleum producing state when Shell Oil Company completed its East Boundary Butte No. 2 well one mile south of the Utah border on Apache County's Navajo Indian Reservation. The well indicated...

This Week in Petroleum History, October 5 to October 11

October 5, 1915 - Science of Petroleum Geology reveals Oilfield -  Using the careful study of geology for finding oil led to discovery of a major Mid-Continent field. Drilled by Wichita Natural Gas Company, a subsidiary of Cities Service Company, the well revealed the...

This Week in Petroleum History, September 28 to October 4

September 28, 1945 - Truman claims America's Outer Continental Shelf -  President Harry Truman extended U.S. jurisdiction over the natural resources of the outer continental shelf, placing them under the control of the Secretary of the Interior. In August 1953,...

This Week in Petroleum History, September 21 to September 27

September 21, 1901 - First Louisiana Oil Well - Just nine months after the January 1901 "Lucas Gusher" at Spindletop, Texas, another historic oilfield was revealed 90 miles east in Louisiana. W. Scott Heywood - already successful thanks to wells drilled at Spindletop...

This Week in Petroleum History, September 14 to September 20

September 14, 1871 - President Grant visits Pennsylvania Oil Region - During a tour of northwestern Pennsylvania, President Ulysses S. Grant visited Titusville, Petroleum Center, and Oil City to learn more about the nation's growing petroleum industry. Consumer demand...

This Week in Petroleum History, September 7 to September 13

September 7, 1917 - Oilfield Legacy of Texas Governor Hogg - After drilling 20 dry holes, the Tyndall-Wyoming Oil Company completed the No. 1 Hogg well  50 miles south of Houston. Four months later, a second well produced about 600 barrels a day. The discoveries ended...

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