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April - Then & Now

April 1954Let it never be said that the oil industry is above advertising glitz. In an effort to outsell its competitors, an oil company in the mid-1950s pitched its gasoline as containing hydrogen, trying to ride the publicity surrounding the H bomb. Yes, of course, all gasoline is made primarily of hydrogen and carbon. Offshore drilling comes to north Texas, as Shell Oil Co. extends its Big Mineral field into Lake Texoma by building more than 30 well sites on 13 earthen fills into the lake. Meanwhile, Carter Oil Co. nears its objective formation in a wildcat being whipstocked under the main channel of the Mississippi River. The well, spudded on the Louisiana bank of the river, reportedly extends laterally 1500 ft to very near the middle of the river at a true vertical depth of 7,500 ft. (I wager …

March - Web Tips

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March - Then & Now

Standard Oil announces that it will discontinue the sale of Mica Axle Grease and Eureka Harness Oil. Those were among the first and principal products of what was then the one and only Standard Oil, back around the turn of the century when gasoline was poured on the creeks to get rid of it.

Chairman's Corner -- February

As we enter the new year, I will continue my series of columns addressing long-term and short term goals for the Gulf Coast Section and update you on our progress.

Online Event Registration Tips

When registering for an event online Do not be afraid of the following message: This does *NOT* confirm registration. After clicking "Add Registrant" below, please select a payment type.

January - Then and Now

The Rest of the YarnThe baby among eight children, “Little Sollie” showed an inventive turn early, repairing machinery on his father’s 240-acre Michigan farm. After attempts at college and selling dry goods, he decided his future lay in rebuilding the oil industry of West Virginia, previously destroyed by the Confederacy. His first attempt, Peninsular Petroleum Co., failed in 1866 after shipping only 240 barrels of oil, but he did not give up that easily. Over the next 11 years, he moved his family nine times before he was able to develop producing interests near Millerstown, Pennsylvania. There he became a member of the school board and began his political life. When oil prices dropped below $1 a barrel, his angered partner decided to burn down the rig on their one producing well. Failure again starred him in the face, but …


The Gulf Coast Section Nominating Committee recommended the following slate to fill vacant positions for the 2004 – 2005 year.

December - Then and Now

December 1953With the advent of pump truck manifolding and suction manifolding, high rate (up to 66 bpm!) casing fracs are introduced to the West Texas Spraberry Trend with astounding results. The nation’s inventors scramble to come up with viable, cost-effective devices for drilling oil wells in the deepwater (water depths as deep as 100 ft!) Gulf of Mexico. One proposal calls for a gigantic “milk stool” – a huge submarine derrick with widespread legs on the bottom and a small platform above the surface on which a derrick and drilling rig are mounted. (Where will this insanity take us!) Light oil flowing at 550 bbl per day from a rank wildcat 600 miles north of Perth promises to establish the first commercial production on the entire continent of Australia. The first deep test for oil in Israel is spudded near …

Judges and Sponsors Needed for Student Paper Contest to be held in February 2004

We are looking for volunteers to help judge this contest. The contest will begin at 8:00 a.m. with a one-hour orientation meeting. The contest itself will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will run to approximately 1:00 p.m.

Meet the New SPE-GCS Liason

Hello Gulf Coast Section members, For those of you who have not met me, please allow me to introduce myself.  I am the new Gulf Coast Section liaison working in the SPE Houston office.  I earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California and the equivalent to a master's degree from the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, with both degrees in clarinet performance.  My broad administrative experience from corporate real estate, retail, and arts management will help me better organize the SPE Houston office  and assist the Gulf Coast Section's 11,000 members. I am excited to be a part to the diverse and extensive SPE activities in this section and hope to build a stronger link between the Gulf Coast Section and SPE International.  I look forward to working with you to help you get the most from …