oil well


Definition of oil well 

: a well from which petroleum is obtained

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Just a mile away from the sparkling new subdivisions was an old oil field that had been converted to a natural-gas holding facility, where more than 80 million cubic feet of gas was stored in deteriorating former oil wells. Scott Garner, latimes.com, "Neighborhood Spotlight: Porter Ranch a scenic Valley community under a lingering cloud of unease," 27 Apr. 2018 Regardless, the oil well began pumping again this year. Rocky Barker, idahostatesman, "As production dips, Idahoans are taking oil & gas protections into their own hands | Idaho Statesman," 18 Apr. 2018 Javier Azuara, a contract worker, pumps liquid nitrogen into a Pemex oil well in the state of Tabasco. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Two States of Mexico Reveal the Split Driving Sunday’s Presidential Election," 28 June 2018 In May, Harvard research fellow Drew R. Michanowicz argued in the Los Angeles Times that using depleted oil wells as high-pressure natural gas storage tanks requires modern engineering against blowouts that the aging Aliso Canyon facility lacked. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "In California, natural gas availability still an issue 3 years after major leak," 10 June 2018 There's been a race to build new sand mines in West Texas' Permian Basin to satisfy all of the hydraulic fracturing needs for oil wells. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "New sand mine planned for rebounding Eagle Ford shale," 24 May 2018 At the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax, across from where the Los Angeles County Museum of Art now stands, Cecil B. DeMille ran an airport among the surrounding oil wells. Geoff Manaugh, The Atlantic, "Los Angeles, America’s Future Spaceport," 17 May 2018 Among other airborne hazards, fires burned for months after Iraqi forces torched some 650 oil wells in Kuwait just south of the border with Iraq. Bill Lambrecht, Houston Chronicle, "Veterans Affairs chief’s firing hurt vets’ medical effort," 13 May 2018 Among other airborne hazards, fires burned for months after Iraqi forces torched some 650 oil wells in Kuwait just south of the border with Iraq. Bill Lambrecht, San Antonio Express-News, "Gulf War Illness," 12 May 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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