Jun 28, 2015, 12:01 ET
WASHINGTON, June 28, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Sunday, June 28th. America's first commercial oil refinery was put in operation this month in 1860. It was built in Titusville, Pennsylvania, on the banks of Oil Creek. That town was the site of the country's first productive oil well in 1859, and the refinery was focused on extracting kerosene from the crude oil. Any gasoline by-product was dumped into the creek. With today's regulations and economy, that would be worse than a crime; it would be a blunder. There are 142 oil refineries operating in the U.S. today. Four of them are in Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, there are over 8,000 oil and gas extraction establishments across the country, with annual revenues of around a third of a trillion dollars. You can find current data on the country's economy by downloading the 'America's Economy' mobile application at www.census.gov/mobile.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 3529
Owner William Barnsdall: http://mykindred.com/cloud/TX/getperson.php?personID=I54989&tree=mykindred01
Early oil industry: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/oilcreek/index.htm
Crime and blunder:
Oil refineries: http://www.eia.gov/dnav/pet/pet_pnp_cap1_dcu_nus_a.htm
Oil and gas establishments/NAICS 211: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=BP_2013_00A1&prodType=table
Value/NAICS 211: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ECN_2012_US_00CADV1&prodType=table
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau
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