• This Week in Petroleum History, July 7 – July 13


    July 8, 1937 – Gulf of Mexico Drilling Pier

    Petroleum History, July 7 - July 13

    The future Exxon, Humble Oil Company was founded in 1911 in Humble, Texas.

    President Franklin Roosevelt’s Secretary of War approves an ambitious plan to build a one-mile pier into the Gulf of Mexico to explore for oil.

    War Secretary Harry Hines Woodring approves the 1937 application to drill near McFaddin Beach, Texas, by the Humble Oil and Refining Company.

    The 60-acre lease is about eight miles east of Galveston County’s High Island. Humble Oil builds the pier into the Gulf and erects three drilling rigs to search for oil above what geologist describe as a shallow salt dome. All three wells are dry holes.

    A hurricane will destroy the pier in 1938. Visit the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum and Education Center on Galveston Island.

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