A Chronology of U.S. Oil & Gas
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December 18, 1929 – The Ohio Oil Company completed a wildcat well in Venice, California, two blocks from the ocean. The discovery well produced 3,000 barrels of oil a day from a depth of 6,200 feet.
December 9, 1921 – GM Scientists discover Anti-Knock Properties of Leaded Gas Leaded gas was good for engines, bad for people. GM researchers Thomas Midgely Jr. and Charles Kettering discovered the antiknock properties of tetraethyl lead. They had spent years...
On December 2, 2011, Enron, once the world’s largest energy-trading company, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, beginning one of the largest corporate scandals in U.S. history. The Houston-based company had reached a market value of almost $70 billion…
America’s first drive-in service station opened in 1913 in Pittsburgh.
Superman’s first movie featured the “World’s Deepest Oil Well” in 1951.
The modern offshore oil industry began in the Gulf of Mexico in 1947.
Consolidated Edison of New York City became the largest U.S. gas utility in 1884.
The first U.S. auto show opened in Madison Square Garden in 1900.
William Maclure, the “Father of American Geology,” was born in 1763.
The “Roaring Ranger” oil discovery in Texas helps fuel victory in World War I.
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