Nitroglycerin and Its Use for Well Shooting in the Oil Industry
2009 by Katelyn & Jeff Pierson
For over a hundred years, it was standard practice to "shoot" oil wells before the modern techniques of hydrofracturing and directional drilling came into being. Sadly on May 30, 1978, in Titusville, Pennsylvania, an accidental explosion destroyed the last nitroglycerin factory of its kind in the Oil Heritage region. Due to increasing concerns over industrial safety, liability, and environmental issues, the factory was never rebuilt. An era of petroleum history and development had come to a close.
An apprentice well shooter as well as an employee of the nitroglycerin factory, Jeff Pierson shares, with the help of his daughter Katelyn, the history and practice of well shooting in this unique work. Including color and B&W photos, this easy-to-read booklet packs a lot of fascinating information.
26 pages, 5.25 x 8.5" stapled softbound