About That Energy Shift…

Hello Researchers!

Although my summer research on the oil and gas industries of the past has concluded, I felt it necessary to tie up some loose ends regarding current events. The relief well is still being dug in the Gulfwater Horizon oil leak from this Spring. Depending on whose accounts one trusts, it is estimated that roughly 5 million barrels spewed forth into the Gulf. A majority of this oil has either evaporated with the help of ocean surface bacteria, been skimmed by thousands of auxiliary vessels (you know, the ones that would normally be shrimping or fishing this time of year), or washed onto shore in the hundreds of miles of Gulf marshlands. Still, much of the heavy oil remains in the ocean and could do untold damage to lower tropic level organisms such as plankton, which will affect all the local ecosystem, including our friendly seafood vending. Amazingly enough, though, the 5 million barrels of crude leaked into the Gulf of Mexico represent less than one day of American domestic oil production. This fact should make us pause and rethink the progress of alternative energies.

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Oil Completions

When a cap is placed over a newly-dug well line, the well is said to be completed. As of tomorrow, my summer’s research into the oil and gas industries of the 1930s and 1940s will also be completed.

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Labor Unions and Antitrust Legislation: Oil and Gas Part 4

Hello All!

Time flies when you spend it with the Oil and Gas Journal; I’m all the way to 1939. Quite simply, there’s a lot of data, and being beholden to library hours does somewhat restrict the quantity of work that can be done, but it’s worth having an air-conditioned work environment this time of year. Anyway, on with the show.

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Oil and Gas Part 3

Hello Researchers!

Research conditions have been tough so far. Besides waking up in the A.M. and actually having to be reasonably industrious, the climate is equally challenging; it must be at least 68 degrees in Swem! In all seriousness, it’s been nice to get in the habit of staking out one of the tables in Swem second floor and seeing other researchers pound away at their reading materials.

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News from the Underground (Swem)

Hello Summer Researchers!

This is Devin Braun reporting. I got to Williamsburg this past Monday, June 7, and have settled in with all the finest accommodations Ludwell has to offer! To review, my project is evaluating why the U.S. has shifted emphasis between hydrocarbon energy sources (oil, natural gas, and coal) when it has (I’ve found this to be a great introduction at parties!).

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