Cool Facts

95 percent of the products we use daily are made of or with oil and brine, two of Arkansas’s natural resources.

Early oil boomtowns like El Dorado didn’t have paved roads. When the roads became muddy, some people would charge 25 cents to carry others piggyback across the street.

The Fayetteville Shale in Arkansas is named that because the city of Fayetteville is where the shale layer crops up out of the ground. However, there is no drilling done in the shale in the city of Fayetteville!

The group of control valves, pressure gauges and chokes on top of a well that control the flow of oil and natural gas is called a Christmas tree.

One in every 5 jobs available in the US now and for the next several decades is in the oil and natural gas industry.

In 1925, the 40-square-mile Smackover field in south Arkansas was the focal point of one of the wildest mineral booms in North America.

Safety fact! Oil storage tanks and pipelines can emit fumes. The slightest spark, even static electricity, and they’ll be talking about you tomorrow – in history class.

The small room on an oilrig’s floor that the drillers use as an office is called the “doghouse.”

Safety fact! Natural gas compressors are powered by huge engines that are as dangerous as they are LOUD. Listen to your instincts and get away.

For every $5 spent on renewable energy research and technology, $1 of it is spent BY the oil and natural gas industry!

Safety fact! Some wells produce hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas, which smells like rotten eggs and is dangerous to inhale. If you smell it, you better scramble!

Oil and Natural Gas are one of the Natural State’s top industries, employing more than 30,000 Arkansans and contributing millions into our economy each year.

Safety fact! If you trespass on a well site, you’re not proving that you’re brave or cool. You’re only proving that you can’t read.

The oil industry spends more than $10 billion each year to protect the environment— equal to what the top 300 oil and natural gas companies earn in profits.

Americans use three and a half gallons of oil and more than 250 cubic feet of natural gas for every man, woman and child, daily.