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Yet amid this Boy Scout good behaviour, the wildcatter spirit remains—all couched in typical industry hyperbole.
Don Graham, a Texas writer and professor, digs into Giant like a wildcatter drilling for oil.
The joke wore off in the 2000s when wildcatters and independent oil producers began to crack the hard-rock code.
Oilmen, wildcatters and particularly refiners are reaping billions in gains from President Donald Trump's tax overhaul, helping boost the staying power of old-style energy even as the world searches for cleaner fuels.
Carriage rides Hawking had come to Texas because of oil money, particularly that of a Houston wildcatter named George Mitchell, who launched the present-day fracking boom.
Too high, and the wildcatters in Texas would drill for fresh supply.
The strategy isn’t as risky as staking wildcatters or borrowing heavily to buy entire oil companies, but profits are usually lower.
Perry Richardson Bass was the nephew of Sid Richardson, a Texas wildcatter who earned a fortune in oil during the Depression and left $11 million to his nephew in 1959.
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Did You Know?
Messing with a wildcat, such as a lynx, can be a pretty risky undertaking, but ferocious felines played only an indirect role in the development of the word wildcatter. That term has been used in English since the late 19th century, along with the verb "wildcat," which refers to the risky practice of drilling experimental oil wells in territory not known to produce oil. English-speakers associated "wildcat" with risk-taking ventures after a number of U.S. banks fraudulently issued banknotes with little or no capital to back them up. Supposedly, the banknotes issued by one particular bank bore the image of a panther or, as it was known locally, a "wildcat," and it was those risky notes that led to the financial risk-taking senses of "wildcat" and "wildcatter."
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