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Talala in Rogers County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

Oklahoma's First Waterflood

 
 
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By Eric Hanson, June 26, 2011
1. Oklahoma's First Waterflood Marker
Inscription. Injection of water into an oil reservoir to increase recovery was first attempted in Oklahoma on an oil lease 5.8 miles east of this location.

From that effort, a recovery method previously used in eastern fields was adapted to conditions found in this area. Since then, waterflooding to obtain greater oil recovery has spread to adjoining states and around the world.

The initial waterflood, experimental in nature, was developed by Bert Collins on a shallow producing property in Rogers County in May 1931 on a Carter Oil Company lease. As the test was encouraging, the method was applied to other oil reservoirs.

Water for modern flooding projects is injected under high pressure into oil-bearing formations to force oil through the strata to nearby producing wells from which it is pumped. On the average, 10 barrels of water is injected for each barrel of crude oil recovered.

The city of Nowata became the hub of waterflooding for the area with most of the field activity being in Rogers County where vast oil reserves had been proven.

Billions of barrels of crude oil have been recovered by waterflooding to provide man with increased supplies of energy and fuel that could still be locked in the earth without the industry's constant effort to improve it's recovery methods.
 
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By Eric Hanson, June 26, 2011
2. Oklahoma's First Waterflood Marker
Looking west.
1973 by Oklahoma Historical Society with Oklahoma Petroleum Council.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Oklahoma Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 36° 34.95′ N, 95° 40.214′ W. Marker is in Talala, Oklahoma, in Rogers County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 169 and County Road 300, on the left when traveling north on U.S. 169. Touch for map. Highway 169 is currently undergoing a widening project in this area. The current location, as of the time of this submission, is between the current 2 lane highway and the construction of the new southbound lanes to the west. If left in place it will be in the center median. The marker will likely be moved to a new location as the widening project progresses. Marker is in this post office area: Talala OK 74080, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 1928 Route 66 Footrace (approx. 13.2 miles away); Andrew Hartley Payne (approx. 13.4 miles away); Claremore Mound (approx. 14 miles away).
 
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Oklahoma's First Waterflood Marker image. Click for full size.
By Eric Hanson, June 26, 2011
3. Oklahoma's First Waterflood Marker
Looking east. Marker along left side.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 26, 2011, by Eric Hanson of Verdigris, Oklahoma. This page has been viewed 497 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 26, 2011, by Eric Hanson of Verdigris, Oklahoma. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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