Oil – Boom – Bust – STOP

Retrospective look at oil industry’s ups and downs. The absurd boom-bust cycles and the real cost to all living things and our planet.
I decided to make this video after reading about what is being done to get oil out of tar sands in Canada. The real cost to the environment, air quality, and the energy consumed to mine, refine, and transport this oil far exceeds the benefits of the added source of energy. STOP KILLING US!
You will notice several antique stereoscopic photos. Best way to experience them is:
1. Stop the video & cross your eyes
2. You will see 3 images (change distance from monitor if not working).
3. Concentrate on the one in the center and VOILA’.

Enjoy this presentation,

Elements used in this production:

Science will save us – Jason DuMars

Peter Essik; Oklahoma Historical Society, City of Huntington Beach, CA; Vintage Gas Museum

Historical Chronology of the Oil Region in Pennsylvania

1748 – Peter Kalm of Sweden published map showing oil springs of Oil Creek, PA
1767 – Sir William Johnson of New York recorded Native American practice of skimming oil
1778 – Moravian missionaries reported “oil wells, with the products of which the Seneca Indians carry on trade with Niagara” in Western New York
1785 – General William Irvine reported “Oil Creek, PA, has taken its name from an oil or bituminous matter floating on its surface”
1790 – Nathaniel Carey skimmed oil from springs near Titusville, PA, and delivered it to customers by horseback
1791 – Pennsylvania map showed stream named “OYL CREEK”
1795 – Joseph Scott, first U. S. gazetteer, reported about Oil Creek and Seneca Oil
1795-1800 – Crude oil quoted at $16.00 per gallon
1806 – David & Joseph Ruffner drilled first salt well using spring pole, drive pipe, casing & tubing near Kanawha River in western Virginia, well produced oil instead of salt water
1807 – Mr. F. Cuming described collecting oil by blanket dipping in “Sketches of a Tour of the Western Country”
Oil from spring in Oil Creek on the Hamilton McClintock farm sold for $1 – 2/gallon
1833 – Prof. Benjamin Silliman Sr. experimentally distilled crude petroleum
1840 – First recorded use of natural gas for manufacturing, used in brine evaporation at Centerville, PA
1846 – Abraham Gesner produced illuminating oil from Nova Scotia coal, distilling a product he named “Kerosene”
1849 – Samuel Kier marketed rock oil from his father’s salt well as medicine
1850 – Samuel Kier devised a process to distill crude oil, producing “carbon oil”
1851 – Samuel Kier marketed carbon oil for use in lamps
Dr. Francis Brewer purchased first oil lease on land owned by J.O. Angier, Titusville, PA
1854 – George Bissell & Jonathan Eveleth paid $5000 for 105 acres of land (Hibbard Farm) in Venango County, PA, owned by Brewer, Watson & Co. to collect surface oil
Bissell & Eveleth organized Pennsylvania Rock Oil Company incorporated in NY – first U. S. oil company – and leased Hibbard Farm
1855 – Yale chemist Benjamin Silliman, Jr., filed favorable report on petroleum sample from Hibbard Farm
Bissell & Eveleth reorganized PA Rock Oil Co. as a corporation in CT
1856 – Abraham Gesner’s North American Kerosene Gas Light Co. sold kerosene in New York lamp oil market
1857 – Samuel Downer & Joshua Merrill mastered multiple distillations, chemical treatments, and cracking of crude coal oil (applied to crude oil 3 years later)
Pennsylvania Rock Oil Co. of CT leased the Hibbard Farm to Edwin Bowditch & Edwin Drake of New Haven
1858 – Seneca Oil Company of New Haven Connecticut formed, purchased Bowditch & Drake lease, and sent Edwin Drake to drill
1859 – August 27 -Edwin L. Drake’s well, drilled 69 ½ feet, struck oil near Titusville PA (first well deliberately drilled for oil) and launched the modern petroleum industry
August 30 – John Grandin & H. H. Dennis drilled in Tionesta,PA – first dry hole
October 7 – Drake’s well ignited by gas and destroyed – first oil well fire on record,
well house rebuilt and oil equipment replaced
1861 – May – A. B. Funk’s “Fountain Well” reached 460 feet & flowed 300 barrels per day Annual U. S. crude oil production increased from .5 million barrels in 1860 to 2.1 million barrels in 1861
October – Phillips Well #2 on Tarr Farm came in at 4000 barrels a day
November – First shipload of petroleum to cross the Atlantic shipped from Philadelphia to London
1862 – Humboldt Refinery established near Plumer, by John Burns & the Ludovici brothers.
Jacob Vandergrift and Daniel Bushnell shipped crude from Oil City to Pittsburgh by bulk barge tows, more than 20 Allegheny River shipping companies in Oil City.
Oil Creek Railroad reached Titusville from Corry, first railroad into PA Oil Region.
1863 – Pennsylvania legislature passed first anti-pollution bill preventing running of tar and distillery refuse into certain creeks
1865 – Pithole Creek oil field discovered
Col. E.A.L. Roberts used explosives to increase “Ladies Well” flow near Titusville, PA
1866 – Patent for exploding torpedoes in wells granted to E.A.L. Roberts – 2000 lawsuits filed involving patent, but it was said Roberts never lost a suit
Roberts exploded a torpedo in “dry hole” establishing oil flow in a non-producing well
Alfred Nobel invented dynamite.
1867 – E.A.L. Roberts licensed by Alfred Nobel to use dynamite in shooting wells.
1867 – Nikolaus Otto invented early internal combustion engine
1868 – John Benninghoff robbery near Petroleum Centre netted robbers half million dollars
1869 – Rockefeller, Andrews, and Flagler firm operated in Oil City, Cleveland, and New York
Oil exploration moved south to Armstrong, Clarion, and Butler Counties, PA
1870 – Crawford Well in Emlenton, PA produced 35 barrels of oil per day
Standard Oil Company organized as corporation in OH
1871 – Titusville Oil Exchange formed
1872 – Newton Gas Well, Titusville, produced gas for 250 customers.
1874 – Bradford oil field boom
1878 – Standard Oil controlled 90% of nation’s refining capacity
1879 – Thomas Alva Edison invented incandescent lamp
Tidewater Pipeline completed from Bradford to Williamsport – 100 miles
1881 – Standard Oil organized the National Transit Company
1882 – Standard Oil Trust organized
1885 – German engineer Karl Benz built first internal combustion engine vehicle
1892 – First American car built by Duryea brothers
first steel derrick, 72 feet in height, constructed and made available through catalog
Standard Oil Trust passed formal resolution to dissolve
1893 – Thomas Edison introduced motion pictures
1895 – First U. S. automobile road race won by Duryea “motor wagon”
California produced 1.2 million barrels of crude oil
1896 – First reported U. S. automobile accident occurred in New York City – Henry Wells collided with bicycle rider Evylyn Thomas, breaking her leg. Wells went to jail
1899 – Standard Oil reorganized as holding company in NJ
1900 – 8000 automobiles owned in the United States, half sold this year
1901 – 14,800 automobiles registered in the U.S.
Spindletop well struck oil in TX
1903 – May 23-August 1 – First transcontinental automobile trip, San Francisco to New York
December 17 – Kittyhawk, North Carolina, Wright Brothers made their first heavier than air powered flight – flight lasted 59 seconds
1904 – First plant for extracting natural gasoline (Casinghead gasoline) from natural gas by the compression method built by Andrew Fasenmeyer near Drake Well at Titusville, PA.
1908 – October 1 – First Model T Ford built
First commercial natural gasoline plant built at Sistersville, W.VA.
1909 – Standard Oil of NJ found guilty of Sherman Act violations, company dissolved into 37 independent organizations in 1911
1911 – 667,000 automobiles registered in the United States
1919 – Gasoline replaced kerosene as product leader of the American petroleum industry
1920 – 8,500,000 automobiles & trucks registered in the U.S.
1927 – Charles A. Lindberg made first successful trans-Atlantic flight

Compiled for Drake Well Museum with research by Neil McElwee, Susan Beates, and David Weber.

For Oil Pipeline History go to :: http://www.pipeline101.org/History/timeline.html


One response to “Oil – Boom – Bust – STOP

  1. Good post! We will be linking to this great article on our website.
    Keep up the great writing.

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