oil well


: a well from which petroleum is obtained

Examples of oil well in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the past eight months since new drilling permits were approved, Newsom pushed for an industry watchdog to investigate possible price gouging at the pump, advocated for a law to plug idle wells seeping methane gas and is now rallying to keep the state’s oil well setback law in place. Ari Plachta, Sacramento Bee, 7 June 2024 In the nearly four decades since, Salgado has gone on to capture the burning oil wells in Kuwait, the genocide in Rwanda and the destruction of the Amazon rainforest. Lucy McKeon, New York Times, 3 June 2024 California’s effort to plug abandoned, chemical-spewing oil wells gets $35-million boost. Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2024 The plot would be Bermuda grass pasture for cattle, but the paddock instead hosts two inactive oil wells and huge tanks that the Ledgerwoods believe held the salt water that fouled their land. Mark Olalde, ProPublica, 6 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for oil well 

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Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of oil well was in 1847

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“Oil well.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oil%20well. Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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oil well

: a well from which petroleum is obtained

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