Back Yard Well Produces Gasoline (Dec, 1934)

I’m not so sure how “lucky” these people are. Especially if they have well water…

Back Yard Well Produces Gasoline
SOME of the more fortunate residents of Long Beach, Calif., are doing a nice business in gasoline which has been pumped from their own back yards. Presumably because of seepage from the Signal Hill wells, nearby, a number of Long Beach back yards are fairly rich in gasoline. Presence of the precious liquid was discovered during the drilling of a cesspool some months ago. Since then a number of crude pumping systems have been installed, some of which produce as high as 400 gallons of casing head gasoline in 24 hours.

  1. Don says: December 16, 20076:13 am

    Well, the first thing you know ol’ Jedd’s a millionaire . . . .

  2. Neil Russell says: December 16, 20078:42 am

    How could it be gasoline unless there’s a spill from a nearby refinery? Unless there’s some earth-filtration method that cracks crude without toluene (or however they do it now!) and then allows volatile gasoline to flow underground without leaching into the surrounding soil while still staying in liquid form.

    Or you could just punch into a gasoline transit line with your well, that would work too.

  3. MC says: December 16, 20071:59 pm

    Can you say, “KABOOM!”?

  4. Stannous says: December 16, 20079:10 pm

    I wonder if my Britta filter will work on this…

  5. Andrew L. Ayers says: October 28, 20102:27 pm

    For those wondering just what these guy’s were tapping:…

    Still not something you want anywhere near your water well, I’d imagine…

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