"Morgan City Oil" Morgan City Things to Do Tip by grandmaR
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Morgan City lays claim to the first offshore oil rig that produced oil out of the sight of land
Nov. 14, 1947 -- The oil well was brought in by Kerr-McGee in the Gulf of Mexico about 45 miles south of Morgan City in the Ship Shoal Block 32 Field, marking the birth of the offshore oil and gas industry.
This model (which has Christmas lights on it because it was mid December) in the center of the highway commemorates that event.
From Ocean Marine Services website
The oil or more properly, the petroleum products industry is of extraordinary importance to the economies of the community, the state, and the nation. Local origins of the industry may be found in the discovery of oil on Belle Isle by A. F. Lucas in 1896. In 1914, oil wells were drilled on Avoca Island. Morgan City's "black gold rush" did not truly begin, however, until November 14, 1947, when a Kerr-McGee experimental offshore oil rig struck oil. This event marked the founding of the offshore oil industry, an industry vital to the security and well-being of the United States. At present, “offshore" drilling produces approximately sixteen percent of the free world’s total of oil and over six percent of the world's natural gas.
Morgan City also has an "authentic" oil rig that can be toured. (See Mr. Charlie tip)
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