The Development of the Pennsylvania Oil Industry

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    On August 26, 2009, ACS President Thomas Lane presented a plaque to the Pittsburgh local section for the work of Samuel Kier in constructing the first still for the refining of crude oil into kerosene. That plaque will be placed on a wall on the corner of 7th and Grant Streets in Pittsburgh (outside the US Steel building), not far from where Kier built his still. It is a very prominent and public place. On August 27, Tom presented a plaque to Barbara Zolli, the director of the Drake Well Museum in Titusville, Pennsylvania, for the drilling of the first oil well by Col. Edwin Drake exactly 150 years earlier. For pictures of this event, click here. A PDF of the brochure prepared to celebrate the history and chemistry of the Landmark is attached.