October 31, 2011

Viva the Shale Revolution

Jack Kelly, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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It's difficult to overstate the benefits to Americans that flowed from the well Anthony Lucas drilled into a salt dome near Beaumont, Texas, in January 1901. The first oil well was drilled in Titusville, Pa., in 1859; Standard Oil was incorporated in Pittsburgh in 1868. But petroleum then was used mostly to make kerosene, which replaced whale oil in lamps. (It was John D. Rockefeller, not Greenpeace, who saved the whales. . .)

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