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Photos of Oil Tanks

The images below are of oil gathering tanks and tanks that are used while drilling a well. Frac tanks are used to store water on the site of an oil drilling rig and are also used after the well has been drilled. Companies such as Halliburton use the tanks when they set up massive pumping equipment and pump water down the well to fracture the rock bearing oil and gas so that it will flow out more easily.

Some oil (and most all gas wells) are connected to a pipeline which transports the product to market. Other wells are connected to tanks such as those below. An oil hauling truck will come at regular intervals and haul the oil away to market. Today most oil tanks are made of metal. Some tanks that hold brine  or salt water produced by the well may be made of fiberglass.

At the bottom of the page is a photo of a wooden tank built in 1935 that was still in use in a field  near Iraan, in West Texas up until a couple of years ago. It was made of cypress wood and banded together with iron bands.  Prickly pear cactus has grown on the top, sprouted from seeds dropped by birds roosting on top of the tank. The oil and salt have preserved the wood from the inside out and it may indeed last for many more years. During the  great oil boom days in Texas many large cypress trees along river bottoms  in East Texas were felled for oil tank construction. Your Paypal Donations Are Welcome Here:

 

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Below, sun setting over a rusty, abandoned oil tank in the West Texas oil patch.

Sun setting over oil tank in West Texas oil patch.

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  photo of oil tanksOil Tanks and Oil or Water Hauling Truck

The taller tank is a "gun barrel" tank, used to separate oil from salt water. Salt water is found in oil bearing formations and must be removed at the surface before the oil can be sold.

On a larger scale: Below, Tank Farm In Germany for storage of imported foreign oil.

crude oil tank farm germany

Below, crude oil tank farm, Czech Republic.

wooden oil tank photo Old Wooden Oil Tank

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