oil well


Definition of oil well

: a well from which petroleum is obtained

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While most wells in the area seek natural gas, Hopewell plans to drill oil wells. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Drilling Down: Exxon Mobil shows no sign of cooling off in Permian Basin," 26 Aug. 2019 Between 1902 and 1931, 44 oil wells were drilled in the area, but the region’s refinery burned down in 1933 and was never rebuilt. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska announces plan to permit oil exploration near site of state’s first well," 8 Aug. 2019 The bottom line is this: these rules if fully implemented will make Texas’ output, with 311,000 oil wells, puny by comparison to the BLM’s dream of Petro-California. Marcela Davison Aviles, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Oil drilling in the Bay Area? Trump administration can’t be serious," 5 Sep. 2019 On this date in 1859, Edwin L. Drake drilled the first successful oil well in the United States, at Titusville, Pa. oregonlive.com, "Massive fire in NE Portland: Morning Briefing for Tuesday, Aug. 27," 27 Aug. 2019 Neon parsley oil wells up from the bottom to bead the surface, while the melting cream sends forth emissaries of acid and fat, making the broth simultaneously brighter and richer. Fortune, "Restaurant Review: Iceland’s Slippurinn Is an Ephemeral Culinary Destination," 11 Aug. 2019 The Democratic governor made the comments after arriving in the Kern County town of McKittrick on a 100-plus-degree afternoon, just a few miles from the Chevron oil well field where roughly a million gallons spilled into a dry creek bed. Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times, "Touring oil spill site, Newsom calls for greater oversight of California petroleum industry," 24 July 2019 The advocacy organizations Consumer Watchdog and FracTracker Alliance found of the 2,365 oil well permits issued this year, 45% benefited oil companies in which division officials owned stock. Washington Post, "California governor criticizes increase in fracking permits," 12 July 2019 Conventionals Houston oil company Hilcorp Energy Co. has become the state’s top conventional oil well driller. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Drilling Down: Top 10 drillers so far this year," 8 July 2019

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1847, in the meaning defined above

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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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