Topic Guide to the Oil & Gas Industry (1901- )

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Significant Dates

1901 - First oil well drilled in Jennings
1906 - Caddo-Pine Island Field discovered
1906 - Louisiana legislature passed the first oil and gase conservation law
1908 - First natural gas pipeline in the state built to transport gas from Caddo-Pine to Shreveport
1909 - Standard Oil Company builds refinery in Baton Rouge
1910 - First over-water oil platform constructed on Caddo Lake
1910 - Major pipeline transporting gas from Caddo-Pine Island Field to the refinery in Baton Rouge completed
1913 - Bull Bayou Field discovered
1916 - State Federation of Labor organized
1916 - Discovery of the Monroe Gas Field
1919 - Discovery of the Homer Field
1921 - Haynesville Field discovered

Suggested Search Terms

Oil well, oil field, oil industry, oil workers, natural gas, gas well, drilling rig

Sample Articles