Oil and Natural Gas History, Education Resources, Museum News, Exhibits and Events

THIS MONTH IN PETROLEUM HISTORY

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This Week in Petroleum History, March 18 to March 24

Exxon Valdez runs aground on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, in 1989. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, March 11 to March 17

First use of hydraulic fracturing – “fracking” – takes place in Oklahoma in 1949. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, March 4 to March 10

Kentucky’s “Great American Oil Well” of 1829 produced oil sold as medicine. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, February 25 to March 3

“Method and Means for Cementing Oil Wells” is patented in 1921 by Erle Halliburton. Read More

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Petroleum history news & EVENTS

Horace Horton’s Spheres

The Chicago Bridge & Iron Company patented “Hortonspheres,” storage vessels invented in the 1920s by its founder. Read More

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

First Louisiana Oil Well

The first Louisiana oil well revealed the giant Jennings oilfield on September 21, 1901, and launched the Pelican State’s petroleum industry. Read More

Is my Old Oil Stock worth Anything?

An old petroleum stock certificate’s vignette is often its best value for scripophily – certificates as collectibles. Read More