History's Witness

At roughly a third of the way through my 32-plus years at Oil & Gas Journal, I realized I was witnessing history. By the early 1990s, oil and gas companies had experienced and overcome the greatest downturn—the 1980s—in industry's comparatively brief life and were surviving with leaner, more efficient, and more productive operations. That moment came back to me recently when I read in the November issue of The Atlantic "The 50 Greatest Breakthroughs since the Wheel." To an extent that separates it from most other industries, the oil and gas industry has taken advantage of and often improved upon several of the innovations discussed in this article. No need to rehash the list...

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