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  Oil well - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The earliest oil wells were drilled percussively (cable-tool drilling), that is, holes were drilled simply by hammering at the earth.
Until the 1970s, most oil wells were vertical (although different lithology and mechanical imperfections cause most wells to deviate at least slightly from the vertical).
By this time, the oil rigs and workover rigs used to drill and complete the well have moved off the wellbore, and the top is usually outfitted with a collection of valves called a "Christmas Tree".
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Oil_well   (1871 words)

 Petroleum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The amount of oil that is recoverable is determined by a number of factors including the permeability of the rocks, the strength of natural drives (the gas present, pressure from adjacent water or gravity), and the viscosity of the oil.
Oil extraction is costly and sometimes environmentally damaging, although Dr. John Hunt of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution pointed out in a 1981 paper that over 70% of the reserves in the world are associated with visible macroseepages, and many oil fields are found due to natural leaks.
Proponents of peak oil theory also refer as an example of their theory, that when any given oil well produces oil in similar volumes to the amount of water used to obtain the oil, it tends to produce less oil afterwards, leading to the relatively quick exhaustion and/or commercial unviablility of the well in question.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Petroleum   (5636 words)

 Chronolgy of Oil Events   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Oil is produced in United States as an undesirable by-product from brine wells in Pennsylvania.
Oil is collected from tunnels dug at Sulphur Mountain in Ventura County by the brothers of railroad baron Leland Stanford, the same year that these techniques are applied to the Pechelbronn oil mine in France.
Steam engines were employed to mechanically drill wells in the Pennsylvania oil fields during the U.S. Civil War, and Thomas Bard imported a steam-powered drilling rig and crew from Pennsylvania to successfully drill a mediocre oil well in California in 1865.
www.sjgs.com /history.html   (2997 words)

 Oil Well Terms
A well drilled to find and produce oil or gas in an unproven area  to find a new reservoir  in fields previously found to be productive of oil and gas in another reservoir  or to extend a known reservoir.
In a gas injection well- gas is reinjected into the upper gas portion of the reservoir..
The interest in an oil and gas leasehold which is subject to the payment of the expenses of development, operation and maintenance of a well and is subject to the payment of Landowner's Royalty and Overriding Royalty Interests.
www.flowmeterdirectory.com /oil_well_terms.html   (1172 words)

 oil well - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Most oil wells in the United States are drilled by the rotary method that was first described in a British patent in 1844 assigned to R. Beart.
Petroleum, carbon sequestration, efforts to control global warming, driller of first productive oil well, effect of the withdrawal of oil on sea...
Minerals are found in the Canadian Shield, and oil and gas are found in the Interior Plains and the Arctic Lands.
ca.encarta.msn.com /oil_well.html   (127 words)

 Oil well
However, an oil well can be a little more complicated than a water well - especially oil wells under the sea bed.
Also, water is pumped into the well to force the crude oil mixture out.
Five of the wells are injectors: water is pumped down them to replace the oil coming up through the other 22.
www.schoolscience.co.uk /content/4/chemistry/petroleum/knowl/4/well.html   (333 words)

 Discovery Oil Well-Marathon Oil Company   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
On August 9, 1949, the first successful oil well in western Nebraska came in for 225 barrels of oil per day at a total depth of 4,429 feet.
Marathon Oil Co. completed the discovery well, Mary Egging #1, located four miles east and two miles north of this marker, and five miles southeast of the town of Gurley.
Nebraska's first successful oil well was completed in 1940 in the southeastern corner of the state.
www.nebraskahistory.org /publish/markers/texts/discovery_oil_well.htm   (194 words)

 The Drake Well - the first oil well...in Pennsylvania?
The most important oil well ever drilled was in the middle of quiet farm country in northwestern Pennsylvania in 1859.
They hoped that "rock oil" could be recovered from the ground in large enough quantities to be used commercially as a fuel for lamps.
Well, the number one beacon was the many active oil seeps in the region.
www.priweb.org /ed/pgws/history/pennsylvania/pennsylvania.html   (482 words)

Oil was in use for many things, and oil refineries were already in operation.
Then the Seneca Oil Co. was formed and hired Edwin Drake to find a new way of getting large quantities of it to the surface.
For over 40 years this area was the center of the oil industry, actually producing half of all oil in the world.
www.geocities.com /Heartland/4547/oil.html   (375 words)

 Oil & Gas Production - Bacteria Control - Case Histories
A large oil producer in West Texas acquired a new lease in Andrews County.
Production wells were experiencing iron sulfide buildup, pump sticking problems, and a steady decline in oil production.
For each well, 25 gallons of WAW3037 was mixed in a water truck with 100 barrels of fresh water.
www.bakerhughes.com /bakerpetrolite/oilgas/biocides/ch_oilwell.htm   (261 words)

 Campbellsville, TN - OIL WELL
The general excitement incident to the start of prospecting in virgin territory is expected to be increased as citizens of this area witness the unloading of the 17 train cars required for transportation of the heavy equipment and see the line of loaded trucks moving to the construction site.
In the event that the well proves successful, it is to be expected that land owners in the county will realize substantial profits and that business in general will show a natural upward trend due to the rersultant increase in population.
I came across several photos of oil wells, and written on the back of one was March 1947.
www.campbellsvilletn.com /oilwell.htm   (1635 words)

 Oil: Well?
The price of oil, at around $38, is already at a thirteen-year high, and it's not coming down any time soon thanks to OPEC's decision on Tuesday to cut production by 1 million barrels a day.
OPEC cited robust demand for crude oil as the main justification for its decision, and it's clear that industrialized countries and (especially) China are guzzling more gas than ever.
Oil prices this week were roughly a third higher than their average level in the four years to 2003.
www.motherjones.com /news/dailymojo/2004/04/03_668.html   (1493 words)

 Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing eTool: Well Control
Well control consists of two basic components: an active component consisting of drilling fluid pressure monitoring activities, and a passive component consisting of the Blowout Preventers (BOPs).
The first line of defense in well control is to have sufficient drilling fluid pressure in the well hole.
During drilling, underground fluids such as gas, water, or oil under pressure (the formation pressure) opposes the drilling fluid pressure (mud pressure).
www.osha.gov /SLTC/etools/oilandgas/drilling/wellcontrol.html   (430 words)

 Oil Well Stimulation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
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Drake well, after "colonel" edwin drake drilled the first oil well.
www.oil-well-stimulation.info   (174 words)

 #40 Drake Oil Well (1859) - Landmarks
The drilling of this oil well marks the modern phase of the petroleum industry.
Drake demonstrated practical oil recovery by applying salt-well drilling techniques, including the use of the derrick, and invented the modern method of driving iron pipe.
Oil could be siphoned off surface pools near Oil Creek, producing 18 gallons a day for lighting and lubrication of local sawmills.
www.asme.org /Communities/History/Landmarks/Drake_Oil_1859.cfm   (237 words)

 McCornack’s Oklahoma Oil Wells-1 - Peekaboo
He came well-recommended from the oil fields of Pennsylvania, where the first commercial oil well was brought in by Col. Edwin Laurencine Drake at Titusville on Aug. 27,1859.
In 1890, the man hired to dig a water well for Oklahoma City began drilling for oil at NW 4 and Santa Fe.
More wells were drilled, and soon there were 53 producing wells in the Oklahoma City field.
www.geocities.com /SoHo/Museum/1905/OilWells.html   (860 words)

 CNN.com - UK: Iraq torches seven oil wells - Mar. 21, 2003
Groups of specially trained firefighters, or "oil capping teams," were traveling with the Marines, and were trying to contain a third oil well fire Friday morning, leaving only one of the wells burning out of control.
He said a primary objection of the ground troops was to secure the oil wells before Iraqi troops could sabotage them.
The amount of oil released was categorized as 20 times larger than the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska and twice as large as the previous world record oil spill.
www.cnn.com /2003/WORLD/meast/03/21/sprj.irq.oil.wells/index.html   (740 words)

 CNN.com - Pentagon has reports Iraqi oil wells ablaze - Mar. 20, 2003
This NOAA satellite image taken March 20 shows an undetermined number of oil well fires in Iraq, the plumes of which are visible, indicated by the arrow.
Pentagon officials told CNN the fires are at well heads and not in oil-filled trenches.
As promised, Iraqi troops set fire to more than 700 oil wells in several Kuwaiti oil fields in 1991 as they were retreating.
www.cnn.com /2003/WORLD/meast/03/20/sprj.irq.oil.wells/index.html   (447 words)

 DOE - Fossil Energy Techline: Studies of Oil Well Stability are Underway in the Gulf of Mexico
Studies of Oil Well Stability are Underway in the Gulf of Mexico
Unlike traditional underground patterns found when boring land-based wells, the formations underlying the Gulf are not as well understood by those seeking to recover the treasure trove of oil.
The project's two major thrusts are predicting stresses under the surface in and adjacent to salt formations to ensure stability during drilling, and determining what load the well casings can carry to ensure the well's viability during its production lifetime.
www.fe.doe.gov /news/techlines/2003/tl_oilwellstability.html   (851 words)

 AQMD Issues Public Notice for Beverly Hills Oil Well Equipment Permit
Benzene, a cancer-causing chemical, is present in small amounts in natural gas produced by oil and gas wells.
Oil and gas facilities emit small amounts of natural gas through “fugitive” leaks from valves and other fittings.
In response to community concerns, AQMD this year has conducted air monitoring in and around the oil well and high school campus on six different days.
www.aqmd.gov /news1/2003/beverlyhillsoilwellspr.html   (624 words)

 USATODAY.com - Gunmen kill oil official in northern Iraq, saboteurs blow up oil well   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
BASRA, Iraq (AP) — Gunmen killed a senior official of Iraq's North Oil Co. in the northeastern city of Mosul on Thursday, less than two weeks after his boss escaped an assassination attempt, while saboteurs attacked an oil well near Baghdad and a pipeline in the south, officials said.
In Rashidiya, some 15 miles north of the capital, Baghdad, saboteurs blew up an oil well, setting it on fire, said Jassim al-Dulaimi, who is in charge of security at the area's oilfields.
Saboteurs also attacked a pipeline with explosives Thursday in the southern city of Najaf, ceasing oil flow from fields near the city to a refinery in the southern city of Basra, an official with the South Oil Co. said on condition of anonymity.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/iraq/2004-09-23-oil-attack_x.htm   (417 words)

 TVE's Earth Report: Oil's Well...?
The ecological footprint from oil and gas development, from the Wilderness Society.
The Oil and Gas Accountability Project's mission is to work with communities to prevent and reduce the social, economic and environmental impacts caused by oil and gas development.
But a closer look reveals that in some small areas, buried in the trees, oil wells are producing over 250,000 barrels a day of high grade crude.
www.tve.org /earthreport/index.cfm?aid=1319   (2235 words)

 OilOnline - The Original Online Source for the Oil Industry
Mulberry-1 was drilled in 2004 and is producing oil at a rate of approximately 600 barrels of oil per day.
The 51 wells are designed to achieve additional oil production and to test the extent of the oil pool in the Birkhead 11-77 sand discovered in the Mulberry-1 well.
However, new 3-D seismic mapping suggests that the discovery well may not be optimally located on the field, and the two appraisal wells are designed to test the potential for undrained oil updip and offset from Sellicks-1.
www.oilonline.com /news/headlines/ephotline/20060601.Endeavou.21331.asp   (757 words)

 First Great American Oil Well
Late in the winter of 1829 one such salt well was drilled on the farm of Lemuel Stockton, adjacent to and lying between the waters of Big Rennick's and Little Rennick's Creeks.
It burns well in a lamp and is said to paint and oil leather and I have no doubt it be a good medicine for many complaints particularly the Romantic pains.
All that remains of the century and a quarter history of this great phenomenon are the few remaining bottles of medicinal oil, the prined accounts as set forth in the foregoing, and the permanent marker erected by the 1934 General Assembly for the Legislature of Kentucky.
www.alpinemotel.com /American_Oil_Well.html   (1752 words)

 OilVoice.com | Frontera Spuds Second Oil Well
Well 23 is the second of a three-well drilling program that Frontera expects to complete this year in the Taribani Field.
Well 23 is located approximately 500 meters to the southwest of the Dino-2 and is designed for a horizontal completion into the Pliocene age oil bearing reservoir interval, Zone 9, at a total depth of approximately 2,200 meters.
The Niko well is designed to evaluate multiple horizons within the field, with a horizontal completion into Zone 19 as its primary objective at a total depth of approximately 2,900 meters.
www.oilvoice.com /Frontera_Spuds_Second_Oil_Well/6502.htm   (904 words)

 RIGZONE - Burmis Drills Successful Oil Well at Pembina
This well is a follow-up to the Company's previously announced successful Nisku oil well at 4-27-49-8W5M in which Burmis has a 75 percent before payout (37.5 percent after payout) working interest.
Burmis will tie-in both of these wells in the first quarter of 2004 by constructing individual flow-lines from each well to a common header and participating in two new six inch group flow-lines into the 11-14-50-8W5M oil battery operated by a Canadian midstream company.
This oil battery is being expanded to handle approximately 9,400 barrels of oil per day by the end of the first quarter of 2004.
www.rigzone.com /news/article.asp?a_id=10037   (276 words)

 Oil Well Propellant Stimulation
Keeping things in perspective, it should be noted that the first successful well shot in 1865 was actually a propellant shot using eight pounds of fl powder (two years before the first use of nitroglycerine).
They may somewhat understand the behavior of their various propellant recipes at different depths, and they may even have good reason to use different recipes for cased hole or open hole completions, but beyond this very basic tailoring, these claims should be viewed with skepticism.
Their Well Stimulation Tool can be seen on the Computalog website as the Propellant Stimulation Tool (PST).
www.logwell.com /tech/shot/propellant_shot.html   (1232 words)

 DOE - Fossil Energy: An Introduction to Oil Well Technology
If you could look down an oil well and see oil where Nature created it, you might be surprised.
Oil exists underground as tiny droplets trapped inside the open spaces, called "pores," inside rocks.
The "pores" and the oil droplets can be seen only through a microscope.
fossil.energy.gov /education/energylessons/oil   (227 words)

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