The Birth of the Modern Oil Industry in the Northern Carpathians

The best known name associated with the birth of the modern oil industry is “colonel” Edwin Drake, who in 1859 drilled his famous well in the Oil Creek Valley in Pennsylvania that led to the first oil boom in the United States. Simultaneously, however, oil prospectors were equally busy in the Carpathians.

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Map of oil-bearing areas in Galicia” published by R. Zuber in 1897. Blue: oil fields associated with Cretaceous reservoirs, red: oil fields associated with Eocene reservoirs, violet: oil fields associated with Oligocene reservoirs, green: oil fields associated with Miocene reservoirs. Inset marked in yellow shows location of Bóbrka and associated oil fields, where I. Łukasiewicz established his first oil mine.

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