105 Years and 500,000 Oil Wells

shooting an oil well near Sapulpa, Oklahoma

Earlier this month, on November 16th, Oklahoma celebrated its 105th birthday. The same week, in the November 15th issue of The Journal Record, The Oklahoma Corporation Commission's Director of Administration, Lori Wrotenbery, stated that an estimated 500,000 oil wells had been drilled in Oklahoma since statehood. The OCC "has embarked on a years-long, labor-intensive project to locate oil wells, marrying 21st-century technology with 19th-century records...The goal is to give field inspectors armed with laptop computers instant access to the entire history of a well at the click of a button. From archival photos of the area, to well construction records, paper permits, compliance records and inspection records, the risk-based management system should provide everything there is to know about each well." With your library card, you can read the entire article here, and you'll  find the OCC's archived oil and gas database here. For library resources about Oklahoma's oil and gas history, visit the local history subject guide.

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