oil well


Definition of oil well

: a well from which petroleum is obtained

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Pump jacks extract crude oil from oil wells in Midland, Texas. Dan Molinski And Sarah Mcfarlane, WSJ, "Oil Prices Rise Amid Confidence in OPEC Production Cut," 14 Feb. 2019 Chevron is experimenting with the use of the cables, which are sensitive to sound waves, pressure and temperature, and could be used in oil wells to detect leaks. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Chevron CIO Says Technology Triggers Faster Human Decisions," 29 Jan. 2019 At the same time, a new pipeline scheduled to open across Texas in October will deliver much more of the gas being flared from oil wells in the Permian Basin to Gulf Coast markets. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "Drillers Are Easing Off the Gas," 27 Jan. 2019 Others have contended that the economic effects would not be quite as bad as oil and gas claim, due to the fact that oil wells can be drilled horizontally, underneath homes, for a length of up to two miles. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "States will vote on these energy and environment issues in midterm elections," 4 Nov. 2018 Each of the DXC New Orleans teams will be responsible for helping a client find a digital solution for a problem, whether that be automating a warehouse or building the technology needed to analyze data from a remote oil well, Boynton said. Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com, "DXC Technology's New Orleans office is now open," 23 May 2018 The Interior Board of Land Appeals refused to excuse Taylor Energy Co. from requirements to permanently plug oil wells that could be the source of the leak. Michael Kunzelman, The Seattle Times, "Company can be ordered to drill to end 14-year-old oil leak," 21 Nov. 2018 An oil well at the Toma South oil field to Heglig, in Ruweng State, South Sudan. Christopher Alessi, WSJ, "Oil Prices Climb After Russian Plane Shot Down," 18 Sep. 2018 How many more oil wells put next to schools and churches? Iris Fen Gillingham, Teen Vogue, "Climate Change Puts the Future at Risk, So I'm Taking Action," 19 July 2018

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First Known Use of oil well

1847, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of oil well was in 1847

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English Language Learners Definition of oil well

: a hole that has been drilled into the ground through which oil can be removed

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