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When Col. Edwin Drake drilled the world’s first commercial well in 1859 on the bank of Oil Creek in Pennsylvania, all he had to go on was a hunch, based on tar seeps in the creek and oil shows that were encountered in wells being drilled for salt brine. Ever since Col. Drake visualized, in his mind, a potential oil reservoir below the surface, it has been an extraordinary journey for successive teams of explorers to first imagine oil and gas reservoirs in their minds, and then, physically discover the fields through drilling. What a thrill it must have been to discover Spindletop in East Texas, Ghawar in Saudi Arabia, Prudhoe Bay in Alaska, Perdido in the Gulf of Mexico and Lula in pre-salt Brazil.
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