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The old, the crude, and the muddy: Oil history in western Pennsylvania

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Kristin M. Carter
Kristin M. Carter
Pennsylvania Geological Survey, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222, USA
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Kathy J. Flaherty
Kathy J. Flaherty
ABARTA Oil & Gas Company, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15238, USA
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Published:
January 01, 2011

Abstract

Western Pennsylvania is rich in oil history, and many of the fledgling petroleum industry’s “firsts” happened right here between the late nineteenth and early tentieth centuries. First and foremost, it is home to the Drake well, the first-ever economic well intentionally drilled to produce oil. In addition, western Pennsylvania has bragging rights to various industry advancements, from the way geologic samples were collected and interpreted, to how wells were drilled and stimulated for production, to early oil refining techniques, marketing, and production. In this field guide, we discuss the petroleum geology and history of estern Pennsylvania in general and three important oil-producing sites in particular: (1) the McClintock #1 well, Rouseville; (2) the Drake well, Titusville; and (3) Muddy Creek oil field, Prospect. Each of these sites produced oil from Upper Devonian reservoirs and spurred additional petroleum exploration and development in the central Appalachian basin.

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GSA Field Guide

From the Shield to the Sea

Richard M. Ruffolo
Richard M. Ruffolo
GAI Consultants, Inc. Pittsburgh Office 385 East Waterfront Drive Homestead, Pennsylvania 15120-5005 USA
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Charles N. Ciampaglio
Charles N. Ciampaglio
Wright State Universityâ?"Lake Campus 7600 Lake Campus Drive Celina, Ohio 45822 USA
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Geological Society of America
Volume
20
ISBN electronic:
9780813756202
Publication date:
January 01, 2011

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