Low-tech exploration

Finding oil and getting its products to market have intrigued us for about 150 years. The search, however, was not always as high-tech as it is now.Our industry began, of course, with Col. Drake and his famous well in 1859. The first wells were drilled near oil seeps because, obviously, oil was there. But after the oil seeps were covered, new methods of finding it had to be found. Some of the early "science" is worth looking at.'Creekology'One of the first theories was that underground pools of oil ran parallel to creeks and rivers and that drilling in creek beds would yield the prize. I think they called this "creekology." This theory led to Oil Creek and the Allegheny River in P...

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