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Texas Oil Well And Oilfield Photos

Here are some photos of oil wells in Texas. The oil industry as we know it largely began in the Lone Star State. Although Pennsylvania lays claim to America's first oil well, The Drake Well, drilled in 1859, it was the Spindletop field of East Texas, discovered in 1901, that really got the nation's oil and gas industry kicked off. The Texas oil well photos on this page include both modern equipment and drilling rigs, as well as antique oil and gas equipment. The first photo is of a gunbarrel tank on an abandoned oil lease near Luling Texas. A a "gun barrel tank", is used to separate crude oil, produced water, and gas. It operates on the simple basis that oil floats on water and natural gas rises. This is a wooden gun barrel tank which was most likely made in the late 1920s. Old wooden oil tanks were often made of cypress wood or redwood. During the early days of the Texas oil industry, thousands of tall cypress trees were felled in the swamps of East Texas and hauled off to lumber mills, where they were cut up into boards and banded together to make wooden oil tanks and gun barrel tanks like the one in the photo below. These old oil tanks were so well made that some are even still in operation today.

Wooden oil tank or gunbarrel tank near the abandoned oil well in Texas

In the next photo, an H2S gas flare illuminates a tank battery in the Eagle Ford shale. Flares such as this one burn off dangerous H2S or hydrogen sulfide gas, which is produced by some oil and gas wells.

Photo of oil well in Texas illuminated by burning H2S flare, in Eagle Ford shale. Gas flare burning at night on Eagle ford shale well in Texas.

A mockingbird, the state bird of Texas, perches on the counterweights of an old pumpjack on a ranch in South Texas.

Mockingbird perched on old oil pumping unit.

The old Texas pump jack in this photo has seen its share of stuffing box leaks over the years. The "stuffing box", is what seals off the polished rod and keeps oil from coming out of the top of the well. An oilfield pumper or gauger has to routinely tighten and maintain a pumpjack well's stuffing box to keep it from leaking. There are hundreds of small stripper wells like this one in Texas. Some, like the one in this photo, are in need of some cleaning up by their owners.

Small stripper well in the Luling field and Mesquite tree

Below: "Horses head" of antique pumjack made by Parkersburg.

Antique pumpjack made by Parkersburg

Stripper wells like the one seen below in South Texas produce nearly a billion barrels of oil a year, or about 18% of total U.S. oil production.

Small shallow stripper wells in aging oilfield in Texas

In stark contrast to small stripper oil wells seen above, large pumpjacks in the Permian basin stand nearly three stories high and pump oil from thousands of feet underground. The Texas oil boom is far from over. Thanks to the new technology of horizontal drilling, new oil reserves in Texas are proving to hold literally billions of barrels of new oil.

large modern pump jack powered by electric motor in the Permian basin oil field

A new Weatherford pumpjack on an Eagle Ford shale well in Live Oak county.

Photo of Weatherford pumpjack on Eagle Ford shale well near Three Rivers Texas.

In the photo below you can see a large modern drilling rig in Texas about to drill a new Eagle Ford Shale well near Cuero Texas. Some geologists have estimated that the Eagle Ford Shale may hold as much as 25 billion barrels of recoverable oil as well as trillions of cubic feet of natural gas. The photo on the bottom right shows a rusty old gun barrel tank in the East Texas oilfield.

Trinidad Drilling rig in the process of completing another deep Eagle Ford Shale well. Rusty oil tank and gun barrel tank on small independent lease year Giddings Texas

If you would like a high resolution copy any of these Texas oil well photos, please contact me at the link below for pricing.

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