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71bbfd2ad404139effff8df3ffffe41e - Chapter 4 Part 1 History...

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Chapter 4
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Part 1 History of Drilling Drakes Well Cable Tool Drilling Rotary Drilling Drilling Today Drilling Contracts
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1857 : James M. Townsend was a New Haven banker and the president of Pennsylvania Rock Oil Company Company leased oil rights to an island that lay in Oil Creek – a mile south of Titusville, PA. Oil Creek – Oil seep that produced very small amounts of oil. At this time oil was called “Rock Oil” Rock Oil was becoming more valuable as a lubricant and illuminant due to massive shortages in whale oil.
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Townsend proposed that the company drill for oil as others had drilled for brine (salt water) Townsend went looking for someone to supervise a drilling operation in Titusville He found: Edwin L. Drake an unemployed railroad conducter
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Carried on for two years: Could not find a driller, Brine drilling companies did not want to give up there rigs for exploratory work When they started, the cellar (hand dug top soil portion of the well) kept caving in due to ground water filling it up before the driller could reach bedrock. Drake solved the problem by having his drilling team (a Blacksmith named Billy Smith and his son) hammer steel pipe into the ground ( Casing ) until they hit bedrock.
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Drake really started drilling by April 1859, by August 1859 Townsend
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