January 15, 2020 (December 21, 2019) – Oil & Gas History News, Vol. 1, No. 1 


Oil & Gas History News


“Any survey of the natural resources used as sources of energy must include a discussion about the importance of oil, the lifeblood of all industrialized nations.”– Daniel Yergin, bestselling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Thank you for your interest in the American Oil & Gas Historical Society, especially as AOGHS expands its online presence documenting U.S. petroleum history. You are on the membership list for receiving petroleum history updates, including summaries featured in This Week in Petroleum History posted on the AOGHS website every Monday. 

Highlights from “This Week in Petroleum History”

December 16 to December 22 – Fighting Oilfield Fires with Cannons looks at an 1884 Massachusetts Institute of Technology magazine article. The MIT reporter offers a firsthand account of lightning strikes and the practice of using Civil War cannons to shoot at burning tanks. Also featured: California Oil Boom in Venice (1929); Hunt Oil Company founded in Texas (1934); “Prince of Petroleum” opens Tulsa Refinery (1913)… 

December 9 to December 15 – Project Gasbuggy tests Nuclear Fracturing reviews experiments testing the feasibility of using nuclear explosions to stimulate production from shale. Government scientists in 1967 detonated a 29-kiloton device in a New Mexico natural gas well. Other headlines: GM Scientists discover Anti-Knock Properties of Leaded Gas (1921); Apollo 17 Geologist becomes First Scientist on Moon (1972)… 

December 2 to December 8 – Enron Corporation files for Bankruptcy notes the 2011 collapse of what was once the world’s largest energy-trading company. Also this week: President Nixon creates EPA (1970); First Oil Discovery using Reflection Seismography (1928); Giant Oklahoma City Oilfield discovered (1928); Helium discovered in Natural Gas (1905)…  

November 25 to December 1 – First U.S. Drive-In Service Station opens in Pittsburgh tells how Gulf Refining Company sold “Good Gulf Gasoline” at a pagoda-style brick facility offering free air, water, crankcase service, and tire and tube installation. And of note: Art Museum features Painting of Mobilgas Station (1940); “Oil Queen of California” dies (1941); First Kansas Oil Well (1892); Standard Oil registers “Esso” Trademark (1923)… 

Visit a new, mobile-friendly AOGHS site The updated AOGHS website helps new visitors find the content they are looking for. Historical topics have been added by subjects areas for sharing information about old petroleum company stock certificates, oilfield artifacts, preserving family histories, and more. Thank you again for your interest in AOGHS and petroleum history. — Bruce Wells, American Oil & Gas Historical Society Executive Director 

Year-End Giving – Please help maintain the historical society’s website, article research, and expanded public outreach, including STEM education links – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Your financial support makes a difference!


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American Oil & Gas Historical Society, 3204 18th Street NW, No. 3, Washington, District of Columbia 20010, United States, (202) 387-6996. Copyright 2020 Bruce A. Wells.

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