The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 57, July 1953 - April, 1954 Page: 403
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The definitions could have been made more exacting. Gas is
classified according to the type of production as "gas well gas"
and "casing head gas" (p. 2), and the liquid associated with the
latter is listed as "natural gasoline" or "drip gasoline." A few
pages forward (p. 5) it is classified as "dissolved," "associated,"
and "non-associated" and according to its relationship or lack of
relationship to oil. Continuing (p. 55) it is "wet gas" or "dry
gas," and when we become interested in the presence or absence
of sulphur compounds (p. 94), it is "sour gas" or "sweet gas."
As late as page 1 o we are still defining "non-associated, associated,
and dissolved" gas although it was defined fully on page 5 and
charted, not too precisely perhaps, on page 6.
The chapters on "Utilization," "Employment of Natural Gas
Liquids," and "Production" are good. The chapter on "Reserves"
wastes too much space, as did the introductory chapter, on that
intangible, our undiscovered gas resources. The chapter on
"Transportation of Natural Gas" is also good but could be
focused more sharply on the area under consideration, Texas.
It may be and doubtless is highly important that "high-pressure
transmission was first used in 1891 by the Indiana Natural Gas
and Oil Co." to take gas from the Indiana gas fields to Chicago,
but the early events of importance to Texas are the completion
of the Colorado Interstate line from the Panhandle to Denver in
1928 and of the Natural Gas Pipe Line to Chicago in 1931.
The chapters on "Taxation of the Texas Natural Gas Industry,"
"Public Control of the Texas Natural Gas Industry," and "Con-
servation" are good but would have been more understandable
against the background of a more complete and adequate history
of the production of natural gas in Texas. They barely touch
(p. 216) on the Panhandle orgy of 1933-35 when more than a
half trillion and perhaps as much as a trillion cubic feet of gas
The chapter on "Competition Among Fuels" is excellent with
its clear exposition of natural gas, the most convenient of fuels
for fixed installations, on the bargain counter.
The "Summary" is not too closely correlated with the text
which it is presumed to summarize. Its conclusions are fairly
critical but not strongly so. Surely one might take a strong stand
on the reductio ad absurdum that the oil producer, under any
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 57, July 1953 - April, 1954, periodical, 1954; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101152/m1/484/: accessed October 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.