I believe the first sentence is misinformed at best.
Titusville is where the first oil well was sunk for commercial reasons. Oil had previously been know at other locations throughout the world as in some places the oil simply bubbled forth on the surface...there just wasn't any obvious use for it yet. Once the physical properties of petroleum were known and that with the art of "cracking", ( distillation) of the oil into "useful" products the next logical step was to find oil that had not bubbled to the surface but was "waiting" to be tapped into. The only "market" at the time was that of lighting, mostly home lighting through the use of oil lamps. (On a related note it was observed, sometimes dramatically, that the "air" forcing the oil out was also burnable for light, hence the early use of gaslighting in cities.) Also interesting, the fledgling petroleum industry would have been considered "Green" in its day as it sought to replace whale oil, a fast dwindling commodity as the whale population was on the decline at the time. Rob Pommertalk 12:45, 9 May 2007 (EDT)
- Yeah, add that stuff. DrSandstone 12:50, 9 May 2007 (EDT)
Oil v. Ethanol
It might be pointed out that before Titusville, many other fuels were being considered. Flippin 12:53, 9 May 2007 (EDT)