The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947 Page: 15
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Texas arnd the Oil Industry
more than 2,170,750,550 barrels of oil during the past fifteen
years; and it should continue to flow a considerable portion of
its production for many more years.
Activity within the state since the development of the East
Texas Field has added many new producing areas and many
new horizons in older producing areas. Included in such dis-
coveries are the fields of Conroe, Anahuac, Tom O'Connor, and
West Ranch and such new producing horizons as the Viola
lime in northern Texas, Devonian and Silurian strata as well
as new horizons in the Permian and Ordovician formations in
western Texas, deep Frio horizons along the Gulf Coast, the
Edwards lime in the upper inland coastal area, the Smackover
lime in Northeast Texas, and new Cretaceous horizons on and
adjacent to the Sabine Uplift.
The discovery of large reserves of gas containing substantial
quantities of liquid hydrocarbons has resulted in an operating
procedure far removed from those of the earlier days of the
industry. It was essential that such reserves be developed in
a manner capable of maximum production with minimum
waste, and the process of cycling was therefore adopted as an
integral part of the oil industry. This practice was first em-
ployed in Texas in 1937, and since that time it has expanded
until there are now thirty-three cycling plants in Texas process-
ing a total of approximately two billion cubic feet of gas daily.
The importance of such operations is readily apparent when
it is realized that at V-E Day the plant at Katy, Texas, was
producing approximately six thousand barrels of aviation gaso-
Operations during the past four years have necessarily been
carried on under rather stringent regulations by both state
and federal governments. That was necessarily true since it
was essential that the maximum production of oil and gas be
secured for the minimum expenditure of critical steel. Such
operations have not at all times been in strictest accordance
with proper engineering practices, but they were carried on
in the full knowledge that oil was essential to the successful
prosecution of the war and with the firm conviction that no
sacrifice by the oil industry was comparable to that being made
by its men and their sons and brothers on foreign battlefields.
The efforts of the industry, hampered as it was by shortages of
material and man power, have been crowned with success.
It now hopes to resume its normal method of operation as an
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947, periodical, 1947; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101117/m1/31/: accessed April 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.