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THIS MONTH IN PETROLEUM HISTORY

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This Week in Petroleum History, April 21 – April 27

Modern hydraulic fracturing technology – “fracking” – can trace its roots to a Civil War veteran who patented his “exploding torpedo” in April 1865. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, April 14 – April 20

Invention of the ram-type blowout preventer in 1922 helps end wasteful oilfield gushers. The new technology uses hydrostatic pistons to seal the well. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, April 7 – April 13

Two brothers receive an 1866 patent for their “Improved Car for Transporting Petroleum” designed for the booming oilfields of northwestern Pennsylvania. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, March 31 to April 6

A 1951 North Dakota discovery reveals the 300,000-square-mile Williston Basin. Advanced technologies add petroleum production from the Bakken shale formation. Read More

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Petroleum history news & EVENTS

The Blue Flame – Natural Gas Rocket Car

The Blue Flame – Natural Gas Rocket Car: On October 23, 1970, natural gas powered the Blue Flame into the world land-speed record books. Read More

The Crude Oil History of Maybelline

The Crude Oil History of Maybelline: Few associate oil wells of the 1860s with women’s smiling faces, but they are fashionably related. Read More

America on the Move

America on the Move: The Smithsonian Institution’s permanent transportation exhibition features “Route 66.” Read More

First Wyoming Oil Wells

In 1883, tales of a fabled “tar spring” may have inspired a wildcatter – Pennsylvanian Mike Murphy – to drill Wyoming’s first oil well. Read More