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Natural gas news, not now, but a hundred years ago, offers great perspective for discussing current issues with the cleanest of the fossil fuels still serving us.
Lookin back 100 years ago at what was happening with natural gas is certainly eye opening, given all we’ve learned over the last century and, of course, there is little new under the sun. Consider these news items (emphasis added):
“With the thermometer below zero yesterday morning, the natural gas supply upon which many Corning homes depend for heat and cooking failed utterly due to the overtaxing of the capacity of the mains and wells.”
Oil, Gas and Gasoline from Gas Huge Industry in Fresno
Fresno Morning Republican, Fresno, California, January 25, 1922
Belridge is located about 40 miles west of Bakersfield, the county seat and 126 miles south of Fresno. It is completely surrounded by desert land. The Belridge district is about 12 miles long and two miles wide and has an elevation of 650 feet. The population of the district is about 500 hundred.
The one great industry is oil. The first development began in 1910 and at present 250 wells are operating. The companies in this field are: General Petroleum company; Belridge Oil company; Bear State Oil company; Union Oil company; Associated Oil company, General Petroleum pipe line station and Associated Petroleum pipe line station, the latter two plants carrying crude oil to the refineries.
An abundance of natural gas is available for domestic use and operation purposes such as boilers and gas engines. Two gasoline extraction plants with a capacity of about eight hundred gallons daily extract gasoline from the natural gas before it is used for other purposes.”
Haynesville Gets Gas Before They Dreamed of Shale Below
The Shreveport Journal, Shreveport, Louisiana, January 25, 1922
“Haynesville is soon to have natural gas as a reality. W.P. Baucum, owner of a franchise granted by the city, with other local men, has organized a company that will begin to lay the lines from the Webster fields to towns within a short while, or as weather conditions permit.
This plan of getting gas to Haynesville has been decided upon by Mr. Baucum and others as the most feasible. The cost is expected to be around $20,000 and the amount has already been subscribed.
The owners of the Webster gassers have advised that the proposition of gas be held up in Haynesville until it was seen that the wells and rock pressure would hold up sufficient to warrant the expenditure of the money it will take to get the gas started here. They have advised that everything is in readiness and Haynesville people are optimistic over the prospects for for natural gas.”
Well, There Are Natural Gas Trucks Today, Aren’t There?
The Edmonton Journal, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, January 25, 1922
“There’s a fortune and perhaps an Edmonton franchise awaiting the man who will invent a pipeless way of carrying and distributing natural gas.”
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