Kerosene Used As Rocket Fuel

A 19th century petroleum product made America’s 1969 moon landing possible. On July 16, 1969, kerosene rocket fuel powered the first stage of the Saturn V of the Apollo 11…

7 Great Quotes From America’s Old Oil Tycoons

Who knew that old oil tycoons could have such thoughtful quotes? Hearing “Rockefeller,” or “J. Paul Getty,” in conversation might summon a slew of connotations. You might just think of them as uber-rich, and out-of-touch…

Top 5 Worst Years For Oil & Gas

If you thought the past few years have been bad, take a look at the history. Ever since the inception of the oil and gas industry, there’s been good years and bad years…

The First Dry Hole

Second-place finishers dwell in the fine print of history. Consider America’s first oil well. Edwin L. Drake drilled his famous well in Titusville, Pennsylvania, in 1859….

“Damn, This Worked!”

Bill Rehm, drilling consultant, talks about the excitement of the “ah-ha, it worked!” moment…when everything you work for finally comes together. SOURCE: Society of Petroleum…

I Knew I Was Right!

Martin Chenevert, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Drilling Research Program at the University of Texas (retired), shares his story about the challenges he faced…