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Graphic: map of the US, with lines illustratiing the crude, refined and imported distribution lines.Petroleum Fuels Network - From the
Sandia National Laboratories Network

Photo:very  long pipelines of grey, black and orange.
Strategic Petroleum Reserve - President Ford established the Reserve with the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA). The Strategic Petroleum Reserve stores its oil in hollowed out salt caverns which are deep underground and immense in size along the Gulf of Mexico coastline. From the US Dept. of Justice Web site.


Petroleum is a naturally occurring liquid mixture of complex hydrocarbons, usually found in deposits beneath the earth’s surface. After distillation petroleum yields combustible fuels, petrochemicals, and lubricants. These can be gaseous (natural gas), liquid (crude oil, crude petroleum), solid (asphalt, tar, bitumen), or a combination of states. Petroleum engineering applies a wide range of technologies to the exploration, drilling, recovery, production, distribution, and storage of oil, gas, and liquefiable hydrocarbons.

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Barker, Colin, and others. Petroleum. In Kirk-Othmer encyclopedia of chemical technology. 5th ed. v. 18. Hoboken, NJ, Wiley-Interscience, c2004-c2007. p. 570-611.
   See also: Petroleum refinery processes, v. 18, p. 639-682.
   TP9.K54 2004 <SciRR>

Shaw, Brian Robert. Petroleum engineering. In McGraw-Hill encyclopedia of science & technology. 10th ed. v. 13. New York, McGraw-Hill, c2007. p. 251-253.
   See also: Petroleum processing and refining, v. 13, p. 259-268; Petroleum reservoir engineering, v. 13, p. 277-283.
   Q121.M3 2007 <SciRR>



Subject Headings used by the Library of Congress, under which books on on petroleum engineering may be located in Library catalogs, include the following:

Highly Relevant





     See also specific spills, such as “BP DEEPWATER HORIZON EXPLOSION AND OIL SPILL,
   2010”; “EXXON VALDEZ OIL SPILL, ALASKA, 1989”; etc.



   Many of these subject headings may be subdivided geographically, such as “PETROLEUM ENGINEERING--UNITED STATES”; “PETROLEUM--PROSPECTING--KAZAKHSTAN”; “OIL WELLS--TEXAS”; etc.



Berger, Bill D., and Kenneth E. Anderson. Modern petroleum: a basic primer of the industry. 3rd ed. Tulsa, OK, PennWell Books, c1992. 517 p.
   Bibliography: p. 503-504.
   TN870.B457 1992 <SciRR>

Conaway, Charles F. The petroleum industry: a nontechnical guide. Tulsa, OK, PennWell Pub. Co., c1999. 289 p.
   TN870.C58 1999 <SciRR>

Hyne, Norman J. Nontechnical guide to petroleum geology, exploration, drilling, and production. 2nd ed. Tulsa, OK, Penn Well Corp., c2001. 598 p.
   Bibliography: p. 525-528.
   TN870.5.H9624 2001 <SciRR>

Modern petroleum technology. 6th ed. Chichester, Eng., New York, Wiley, 2000 (2001 printing) 2 v.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Contents: v. 1. Upstream, edited by Richard A. Dawe.--v. 2. Downstream, edited by Alan G. Lucas.
   TN870.M734 2000 <SciRR>

Raymond, Martin, and William L. Leffler. Oil and gas production in nontechnical language. Tulsa, OK, PennWell Corporation, c2006. 255 p.
   TN871.R344 2006 <SciRR>



Ahlbrandt, Thomas S., and others. Global resource estimates from total petroleum systems. Tulsa, OK, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, c2005. 324 p. (AAPG memoir, 86)
   Bibliography: p. 319-324.
   TN870.5.A345 2005 <SciRR>

Bommer, Paul Michael. A primer of oilwell drilling. 7th ed. Austin, University of Texas at Austin, c2008. 241 p.
   TN871.2.B316 2008 <SciRR>
   Rev. ed. of A primer of oilwell drilling by Ron Baker, 6th ed., 2001.

Brantly, John Edward. History of oil well drilling. Houston, Book Division, Gulf Pub. Co., 1971. 1525 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TN871.2.B68 <SciRR>

Clark, James Anthony, C. A. Warner, and H. E. Walton. The chronological history of the petroleum and natural gas industries. Houston, Clark Book Co., 1963. 317 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TN870.C519 <SciRR>

Devereux, Steve. Drilling for oil & gas: a nontechnical guide. Tulsa, OK, PennWell, c1999. 337 p.
   TN871.2.D477 1999 <SciRR>

Gray, Forest. Petroleum production in nontechnical language. 2nd ed. Tulsa, OK, PennWell Books, c1995. 288 p.
   TN870.G732 1995 <SciRR>

Miesner, Thomas O., and William L. Leffler. Oil & gas pipelines in nontechnical language. Tulsa, OK, PennWell Corp., c2006. 357 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TN879.5.M53 2006 <SciRR>

Oil history: a selected & annotated bibliography. Compiled by E. Richard Neff. Houston, International Association of Drilling Contractors, 1995. 373 p.
   HD9560.5.O3656 1995

Oil is first found in the mind: the philosophy of exploration. Compiled by Norman H. Foster and Edward A. Beaumont. Tulsa, OK, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, c1992. 340 p. (Treatise of petroleum geology reprint series, no. 20)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TN271.P4O44 1992 <SciRR>

Owen, Edgar Wesley. Trek of the oil finders: a history of exploration for petroleum. Tulsa, OK, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 1975. 1647 p. (AAPG memoir, 6)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Companion volume to Sourcebook for petroleum geology, by R. H. Dott, and to Southwestern Federation of Geological Societies' Fluids in subsurface environments.
   TN271.P4O9 <SciRR>

Petroleum economics and engineering. Edited by H. K. Abdel-Aal, Bakr A. Bakr, M. A. Al-Sahlawi. 2nd ed. New York, M. Dekker, 1992. 440 p.
   Bibliography: p. 429-434.
   TN871.P454 1992 <SciRR>

Wiley critical content: petroleum technology. Hoboken, NJ, Wiley-Interscience, Wiley-VCH, c2007. 2 v.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TN870.W64 2007 <SciRR>



Aven, T., and Jan Erik Vinnem. Risk management with applications from the offshore petroleum industry. London, Springer, c2007. 200 p.
   Bibliography: p. 189-196.
   HD9560.5.A76 2007

Azar, Jamal J., and G. Robello Samuel. Drilling engineering. Tulsa, OK, PennWell Corp., c2007. 486 p.
   Bibliography: p. 454-471.
   TN871.2.A92 2007 <SciRR>

Baker, Ron. Practical well control. Austin, University of Texas, Continuing Education, Petroleum Extension Service, 1998 (2005 printing). 1 v. (various pagings)
   TN871.215.B34 1998 <SciRR>
   Rev. ed. of Practical well control by Jim Fitzpatrick, 2nd ed., 1989.

Composite catalog of oil field equipment & services. Houston, World Oil, 1929-
   TN871.5.C6 <SciRR>

Davies, Michael, and P. J. B. Scott. Oilfield water technology. Houston, NACE International, c2006. 614 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TN871.D376 2006 <SciRR>;

Diener, Daniel. Introduction to well control. 2nd ed. Austin, Petroleum Extension Service, University of Texas at Austin, 1999. 107 p.
   TN871.215.D54 1999 <SciRR>

Donnez, Pierre. Essentials of reservoir engineering. Paris, Editions Technip, c2007. 387 p.
   Bibliography: p. 371-378.
   TN870.57.D66 2007

Ezekwe, Nnaemeka. Petroleum reservoir engineering practice. Upper Saddle River, NJ, Prentice Hall, c2011. 770 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TN870.57.E94 2011

Fink, Johannes Karl. Oil field chemicals. Amsterdam, Boston, Gulf Professional Pub., c2003. 495 p.
   TN871.F47 2003 <SciRR>
   Bibliography: p. 345-481.

Guo, Boyun, William C. Lyons, and Ali Ghalambor. Petroleum production engineering: a computer-assisted approach. Burlington, MA, Gulf Professional Pub., c2007. 288 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TN871.G785 2007 <SciRR>

Khilyuk, Leonid F., George V. Chilingar, and Herman H. Rieke. Probability in petroleum and environmental engineering. Houston, Gulf Pub. Co., c2005. 275 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TN871.K467 2005

Luthi, Stefan M. Geological well logs: their use in reservoir modeling. Berlin, New York, Springer, 2001. 373 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TN269.L88 2001 <SciRR>

Mobile rig register. Offshore Data Services. Houston, The Services, c1994-
   TN871.4.M62 <SciRR>

Offshore pipelines. Boyun Guo and others. Amsterdam, Boston, GPP, c2005. 281 p.
   TN879.53.O44 2005 <SciRR>

Paik, Jeom Kee, and Anil Kumar Thayamballi. Ship-shaped offshore installations: design, building, and operation. Cambridge, New York, Cambridge University Press, 2007. 536 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TN871.3.P35 2007 <SciRR>

Petroleum well construction. Edited by Michael J. Economides, Larry T. Watters, Shari Dunn-Norman. Chichester, Eng., New York, Wiley, c1998. 622 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TN871.2.P487 1998 <SciRR>

Samuel, G. Robello. Downhole drilling tools: theory and practice for engineers and students. Houston, Gulf Pub., c2007. 648 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TN871.5.S235 2007

Sheng, James. Modern chemical enhanced oil recovery: theory and practice. Amsterdam, Boston, Gulf Professional Pub., c2011. 615 p.
   TN871.S516 2011

Vinnem, Jan Erik. Offshore risk assessment: principles, modelling, and applications of QRA studies. 2nd ed. London, Springer, 2007. 577 p.
   TN871.3.V56 2007 <SciRR>

Well cementing. Editors, Erik B. Nelson and Dominique Guillot. 2nd ed. Sugar Land, TX, Schlumberger, c2006. 773 p.
   Bibliography: p. 699-750.
   TN871.2.W447 2006 <SciRR>



Geology and Physics of Petroleum

Burger, Henry Robert, Anne F. Sheehan, and Craig H. Jones. Introduction to applied geophysics: exploring the shallow subsurface. New York, W. W. Norton, c2006. 554 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Rev. ed of Exploration geophysics of the shallow subsurface, c1992.
   TN269.B86 2006 <SciRR>

Dott, Robert H., and Merrill J. Reynolds. Sourcebook for petroleum geology; semicentennial commemorative volume. Tulsa, OK, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 1969. 471 p. (AAPG memoir, 5)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TN870.5.D67 <SciRR>

Gadallah, Mamdouh R., and Ray L. Fisher. Applied seismology: a comprehensive guide to seismic theory and application. Tulsa, OK, PennWell, c2005. 473 p.
   Bibliography: p. 445-453.
   TN269.8.G32 2005 <SciRR>

Hunt, John Meacham. Petroleum geochemistry and geology. 2nd ed. New York, W. H. Freeman, c1996. 743 p.
   Bibliography: p. 642-707.
   TN870.5.H86 1996 <SciRR>

Kearey, P., M. Brooks, and Ian Hill. An introduction to geophysical exploration. 3rd ed. Malden, MA, Blackwell Science, c2002. 262 p.
   Bibliography: p. 251-256.
   TN269.K37 2002 <SciRR>

Landes, Kenneth K. Petroleum geology of the United States. New York, Wiley-Interscience, 1970. 571 p.
   Bibliography: p. 506-542.
   TN872.A5L26 <SciRR>

Levorsen, A. I., and Frederick A. F. Berry. Geology of petroleum. Tulsa, OK, AAPG Foundation, c2001. 724 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Originally published in San Francisco, by W. H. Freeman, 1967.
   TN870.L42 2001 <SciRR>

Regional petroleum geology of the world = Regionale Erdöl- und Erdgasgeologie der Erde. Edited by Holger Kulke. Berlin, G. Borntraeger, 1994. 2 v. (Beiträge zur regionalen Geologie der Erde, Bd. 21-22)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Contents: pt. 1. Europe and Asia--pt. 2. Africa, America, Australia, and Antarctica.
   TN870.5.R4227 1994 <SciRR>

Tearpock, Daniel J., and Richard E. Bischke. Applied subsurface geological mapping: with structural methods. 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ, Prentice Hall, c2003. 822 p.
   Bibliography: p. 626-638.
   TN870.5.T38 2003 <SciRR>

Tiab, Djebbar, and Erle C. Donaldson. Petrophysics: theory and practice of measuring reservoir rock and fluid transport properties. 2nd ed. Boston, Gulf Professional Pub., c2004. 889 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TN870.56.T53 2004 <SciRR>

Oil Pollution, Oil Spills, and Blowouts

Blowout prevention. By Timothy Bell and others. 4th ed. Austin, Petroleum Extension Service, Division of Continuing and Innovative Education, the University of Texas at Austin, 2009. 205 p. (Rotary drilling series, unit 3, lesson 3)
   TN871.215.B565 2009

Fingas, Mervin F. The basics of oil spill cleanup. Edited by Jennifer Charles. 2nd ed. Boca Raton, FL, Lewis Publishers, c2001. 233 p.
   TD427.P4F55 2001 <SciRR>

Guide to blowout prevention. Harvey, LA, Well Control School, c2000. 606 p.
   TN871.215.G85 2000 <SciRR>

Phot:  flames and huge, black, thick smoke billowing up from several points, surrounded by a populated area and green expanses.  Storage tanks in the distance.
Caribbean Petroleum Refining Tank Explosion and Fire in Puerto Rico. From the US Chemical Safety Board Website.

Holand, Per. Offshore blowouts: causes and control. Houston, Gulf Pub. Co., c1997. 163 p.
   Bibliography: p. 154-159.
   TN871.215.H65 1997 <SciRR>

IMO/UNEP guidance manual on the assessment and restoration of environmental damage following marine oil spills. 2009 ed. London, International Maritime Organization, 2009. 97 p.
   Bibliography: p. 95-97.
   TD427.P4I4578 2009 <SciRR>

Manual on oil pollution. Section IV, Combating oil spills. 2nd ed. London, International Maritime Organization, 2005. 212 p.
   Bibliography: p. 201-205.
   TD427.P4M372 2005 <SciRR>

Manual on oil pollution. Section V, Administrative aspects of oil pollution response. 2nd ed. London, IMO, International Maritime Organization, 2009. 99 p.
   Bibliography: p. 37-40.
   TD427.P4M373 2009 <SciRR>

National Research Council (U.S.). Committee to Review the Oil Spill Recovery Institute's Research Program. The Oil Spill Recovery Institute: past, present, and future directions. Committee to Review the Oil Spill Recovery Institute's Research Program, Polar Research Board, Ocean Studies Board, National Research Council of the National Academies. Washington, National Academies Press, c2003. 165 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TD427.P4N384 2003 <SciRR>

Oil spill science and technology: prevention, response, and cleanup. Edited by Mervin Fingas. Burlington, MA, Elsevier/Gulf Professional Pub., c2011. 1156 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TD427.P4O38785 2011 <SciRR>

Ornitz, Barbara E., and Michael A. Champ. Oil spills first principles: prevention and best response. Amsterdam, New York, Elsevier, 2002. 653 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TD427.P4O75 2002 <SciRR>

World catalog of oil spill response products. Elkridge, MD, Robert Schulze Environmental Consultant, c1985-    TD427.P4W69 <SciRR>


For Younger Readers

Brevard, Katherine McLean. The story of oil: how it changed the world. Mankato, MN, Compass Point Books, c2010. 64 p.
   Bibliography: p. 61-62.
   TN870.3.B74 2010

Farndon, John. Oil. London, New York, DK, c2007. 72 p.
   TN870.3.F37 2007

Leacock, Elspeth. The Exxon Valdez oil spill. New York, Facts on File, c2005. 100 p.
   Bibliography: p. 92-95.
   TD427.P4L38 2005

Morris, Neil. Oil and gas. North Mankato, MN, Smart Apple Media, c2006. 32 p.
   TN870.3.M67 2006

Powell, Jillian. Oil spills. Mankato, MN, Bridgestone Books, c2003. 32 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TD196.P4P69 2003


Ahmed, Tarek H. Reservoir engineering handbook. 4th ed. Amsterdam, Boston, Gulf Professional Pub., c2010. 1454 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TN871.A337 2010

Air and gas drilling manual. William C. Lyons and others. 3rd ed. Amsterdam, Boston, Gulf Professional Pub., c2009. 1 v. (various pagings)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TN871.2.L94 2009 <SciRR>

Chaudhry, Amanat U. Oil well testing handbook. Burlington, MA, Gulf Professional Pub., c2004. 670 p.
   Bibliography: p. 645-659.
   TN871.C4535 2004

Drilling fluids processing handbook. Amsterdam, Boston, Elsevier, Gulf Professional Pub., c2005. 666 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TN871.27.D756 2005

Hearst, Joseph R., Philip H. Nelson, and F. L. Paillet. Well logging for physical properties: a handbook for geophysicists, geologists, and engineers. 2nd ed. Chichester, Eng., New York, Wiley, c2000. 483 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TN871.35.H38 2000 <SciRR>

Khan, M. Ibrahim, and Rafiqul Islam. The petroleum engineering handbook: sustainable operations. Houston, Gulf Pub., c2007. 461 p.
   Bibliography: p. 411-452.
   TN870.K475 2007 <SciRR>

Petroleum engineering handbook. Larry W. Lake, editor-in-chief. Richardson, TX, Society of Petroleum Engineers, 2006-2007. 7 v. and 7 CD-ROMs.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TN870.P493 2006 <SciRR>

Pipeline operation & maintenance: a practical approach. Mo Mohitpour and others. 2nd ed. New York, ASME, c2010. 715 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TN879.58.M64 2010 <SciRR>

Standard handbook of petroleum & natural gas engineering. Editors, William C. Lyons, Gary J. Plisga. 2nd ed. Burlington, MA, Gulf Professional Pub., c2005. 1 v. (various pagings)
   Includes bibliographical references
   TN870.S6233 2005 <SciRR>



Distinguished Instructor Short Course (2008, Tulsa, Oklahoma). Reservoir geophysics: applications. Presented by William L. Abriel; sponsored by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers. Tulsa, OK, Society of Exploration Geophysicists; Houten, The Netherlands, European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers, c2008. 128 p. (Distinguished instructor series, no. 11)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TN271.P4D565 2008

International Conference on Advances in Petrochemicals and Polymers (2nd, 2007, Bangkok, Thailand). Advances in Petrochemicals and Polymers: selected contributions from "2nd International Conference on Advances in Petrochemicals and Polymers, (ICAPP 2007)" in Bangkok (Thailand), June 25-28, 2007. Symposium editor, Pitt Supaphol. Weinheim, Germany, Wiley-VCH, 2008. 188 p. (Macromolecular symposia, v. 264)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   QD380.I538 2007

International Conference on Oil and Hydrocarbon Spills, Modelling, Analysis and Control (3rd, 2002, Rhodes, Greece). Oil and hydrocarbon spills III: modelling, analysis and control. Edited by C. A. Brebbia. Southampton, Eng., WIT Press; Billerica, MA, Computational Mechanics, c2002. 462 p. (Water studies series (Southampton, England), v. 11)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Contains edited versions of most papers from the third International Conference on Oil and Hydrocarbon Spills, Modelling, Analysis and Control.
   TD196.P4I53 2002

International conference on terrain and geohazard challenges facing onshore oil and gas pipelines: evaluation, routing, design, construction, operation. Edited by Mike Sweeney. London, Thomas Telford, 2005. 735 p. and 1 CD-ROM.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Proceedings of a three day international conference organised by the Institution of Civil Engineers in association with BP Exploration and held at the Institution of Civil Engineers, London, UK, on 2-4 June 2004.
   TJ930.I559 2005 FT MEADE <MRC>

International Pipeline Conference (7th, 2008, Calgary, Alberta). Proceedings of the ASME International Pipeline Conference--2008. Presented at 2008 7th International Pipeline Conference, September 29-October 3, 2008, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Sponsored by IPTI, an ASME Institute. New York, ASME, 2008. 4 v.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TN879.5.I54 2008



United States. Bureau of Land Management. Surface operating standards and guidelines for oil and gas exploration and development: the gold book. Prepared by United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management and United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. 4th ed., rev. 2007. Washington, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, 2007. 76 p. (BLM/WO/ST-06/021+3071/REV 07)
   HD242.5.U535 2007

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Energy and Commerce. Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality. The Pipeline Inspection, Protection, Enforcement, and Safety Act of 2006; implementation review and discussion of safety assessment intervals for natural gas pipelines: hearing before the Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, second session, March 12, 2008. Washington, U.S. G.P.O., 2008. 85 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   KF27.E5524 2008c <Law>

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Natural Resources. Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans, and Wildlife. Our natural resources at risk: the short- and long-term impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill: oversight hearing before the Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans, and Wildlife of the Committee on Natural Resources, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, second session. Washington, U.S. G.P.O., 2010-
   Includes bibliographical references.
   KF27.I5282 2010a <Law>

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Low pressure liquid pipelines in the North Slope, Greater Prudhoe Bay, Alaska: hearing before the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, second session, September 13, 2006. Washington, U.S. G.P.O., 2007. 140 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   KF27.P896 2006a <Law>

United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. BP pipeline failure: hearing before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress, second session, to receive testimony relating to the effects of the BP pipeline failure in the Prudhoe Bay oil field on U.S. oil supply and to examine what steps may be taken to prevent a recurrence of such an event, September 12, 2006. Washington, U.S. G.P.O., 2007. 91 p. (S. hrg., 109-766)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   KF26.E55 2006w <Law>

United States. Government Accountability Office. Leaking underground storage tanks: EPA should take steps to better ensure the effective use of public funding for cleanups: report to Congressional requesters. Washington, U.S. Government Accountability Office, 2007. 106 p. (GAO-07-152)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TP692.5.U6245 2007

United States. National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. Deep water: the Gulf oil disaster and the future of offshore drilling: report to the President. Washington, National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, U.S. G.P.O., 2011. 380 p.
   Bibliography: p. 307-355.
   GC1221.U55 2011



Technical Reports and other types of literature may be identified in the following abstracting and indexing journals:

Government Reports Announcements & Index (1946-)
   Z7916.G78 <SciRR A&I> and Electronic format

Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications (1895-)
   URL: (1976-)
   Z1223.A18 <SciRR A&I> and Electronic format



These selected reports are available in the technical reports collection of the Science, Technology & Business Division. Other reports on the topic may be purchased from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), 5301 Shawnee Rd., Alexandria, VA 22312. NTIS telephone: (703) 605-6000. NTIS web site URL:

Andrews, A. Developments in oil shale. Washington, Congressional Research Service, 2008. 35 p. (CRS-RL34748)

Carpenter, M. A., and M. A. Petrukhina. Development of a portable petroleum by-products chemical sensor: phase 3 and 4 report. Albany, State University of New York at Albany, Dept. of Chemistry; Albany, New York State Dept. of Transportation; New York, University Transportation Research Center, 2009. 39 p.

Doctor, R. D., and C. B. Panchal. Prevention of iron-sulfide deposition in petroleum processing. Final CRADA report. Argonne National Lab., IL, Energy Systems Div.; Washington, Dept. of Energy, 2010. 3 p. (ANL/ES-C9901501)

Hanks, C. L. Unraveling the timing of fluid migration and trap formation in the Brooks Range Foothills: a key to discovering hydrocarbons. Fairbanks, University of Alaska, Geophysical Institute; Washington, Dept. of Energy, 2008. 217 p.

Lord, D. L., and D. K. Rudeen. Strategic petroleum reserve crude oil equation of state model development: current performance against measured data. Albuquerque, NM, Sandia National Labs.; Washington, Dept. of Energy, 2010. 56 p. (SAND2010-4526)

Rusco, F. Strategic petroleum reserve: issues regarding the inclusion of refined petroleum products as part of the strategic petroleum reserve. Washington, General Accountability Office, 2009. 17 p. (GAO-09-695T)

Teodoriu, C., J. Schubert, and I. Ugwu. Cement fatigue and HPHT well integrity with application to life of well prediction. College Station, Texas A&M University, Dept. of Petroleum Engineering; Herndon, VA, Minerals Management Service, 2008. 111 p. (MMSM07AC12464)



Dissertations can be identified by using online resources or the following indexes located in the Main Reading Room. Consult any reference librarian about options. Some dissertations may be available in full text through electronic resources on public terminals at the Library of Congress.

Comprehensive Dissertation Index 1861-1972
   Z5053.X47 1973 and Electronic Format

Comprehensive Dissertation Index. Supplement. (1973-2009?)
   Z5053.X47a and Electronic Format

Dissertation Abstracts International (1938- monthly)
   Z5053.D57 and Electronic Format



Abudu, Adewunmi Tiwalade. Adsorption and particle size studies of petroleum fluids. Ann Arbor, MI, University Microfilms, 2009.
   Collation of the original: 199 p.
   Thesis (masters)--University of Wyoming, 2009.
   UMI publication number AAT 1470655

Agbalaka, Chinedu C. History matching of three-dimensional reservoir models with complex non-Gaussian distributions of the model parameters. Ann Arbor, MI, University Microfilms, 2010.
   Collation of the original: 202 p.
   Thesis (doctoral)--The University of Oklahoma, 2010.
   UMI publication number AAT 3403013

Bandara, Dunusinghe Mudiyanselage Uditha Chaminda. Modeling homogeneous and heterogeneous aggregation and breakup processes for oil/gas spills. (I) Oil and gas bubbles in deepwater blowouts. (ii) Oil-sediment interaction. Ann Arbor, MI, University Microfilms, 2009.
   Collation of the original: 220 p.
   Thesis (doctoral)--Clarkson University, 2009.
   UMI publication number AAT 3391569

Bui, Ly Huong. Near miscible carbon dioxide application to improve oil recovery. Ann Arbor, MI, University Microfilms, 2010.
   Collation of the original: 125 p.
   Thesis (masters)--University of Kansas, 2010.
   UMI publication number AAT 1479337

Rastegar Moghadam Moadab, Reza. A study of dispersive mixing and flow based lumping/ delumping in gas injection processes. Ann Arbor, MI, University Microfilms, 2010.
   Collation of the original: 198 p.
   Thesis (doctoral)--University of Southern California, 2010.
   UMI publication number AAT 3403631

Yang, Xiaole. The development of dynamic operational risk assessment in oil/gas and chemical industries. Ann Arbor, MI, University Microfilms, 2010.
   Collation of the original: 207 p.
   Thesis (doctoral)--Texas A&M University, 2010.
   UMI publication number AAT 3416377



Abstracting & Indexing Services that index relevant journal articles and other literature are listed below. Some suggested terms for searching are “petroleum engineering,” “drilling,” “reservoirs,” “fracturing,” or other headings, depending upon the topic of interest. Many of the titles may now be available in electronic format. Please consult a reference librarian for the location and format of abstracting and indexing services.

Abstracts on New Technologies and Engineering (1962- )
   Z7913.B7 <SciRR A&I>

Applied Science & Technology Index (1913- )
   Z7913.I7 <SciRR A&I> and Electronic format

Engineering Index (1884- )
   Z5851.E62 <SciRR A&I>

General Science Index (1978- )
   Z7401.G46 and Electronic format

Petroleum Abstracts (1961- )

Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature (1900- )
   AI3.R48 <BusRR> and Electronic format



Journals that often contain articles relevant to petroleum engineering:

American Oil & Gas Reporter
Chemical and Petroleum Engineering TP1.C353
JPT: Journal of Petroleum Technology TN860.J68
Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology TN860.J63
Journal of Petroleum Science & Engineering TN860.J67
Offshore TN871.3.O3
Offshore Engineer TC1501.O44
Oil & Energy Trends HD9560.4.E56a
Oil & Gas Financial Journal HD9560.1.O335
Oil and Gas Journal TN860.O4
Oil & Gas Science and Technology TP690.A1P322
Oil Daily Current issues only until microform
Oil, Gas & Petrochem Equipment TN871.5.O37
Oil Gas: European Magazine TN860.O436
Oilweek TN860.O642
Petroleum Geoscience TN870.5.P47834
Petrophysics TN860.L6
SPE Drilling & Completion
(Society of Petroleum Engineers)
SPE Journal (Society of Petroleum Engineers) TN860.S667
SPE Production & Operations
(Society of Petroleum Engineers)
SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering (Society of Petroleum Engineers) TN871.S664
World Oil TN860.O5



Anderson, Ian. Updated gas lift helps well stability. American oil & gas reporter, v. 54, Feb. 2011: 130-133.

Bouchonneau, Nadège, and others. Experimental testing and modelling of an industrial insulated pipeline for deep sea application. Journal of petroleum science and engineering, v. 73, Aug. 2010: 1-12.

Crockett, Joan, and David Morse. The New Albany shale in Illinois: emerging play or prolific source. Oil & gas journal, v. 108, Sept. 6, 2010: 72-79.

Dirksen, Ron. Upgrading formation-evaluation electronics for high-temperature drilling environments. JPT: journal of petroleum technology, v. 63, Jan. 2011: 24, 26.

Escobedo, Joel, and G. Ali Mansoori. Heavy-organic particle deposition from petroleum fluid flow in oil wells and pipelines. Petroleum science, v. 7, Dec. 2010: 502-508.

Gao, Deli, Lianzhong Sun, and Jihong Lian. Prediction of casing wear in extended-reach drilling. Petroleum science, v. 7, Dec. 2010: 494-501.

Izgec, O., and C. S. Kabir. Quantifying nonuniform aquifer strength at individual wells. SPE reservoir evaluation & engineering, v. 13, Apr. 2010: 296-305.

MacKay, S., and others. Completion design for sandface monitoring of subsea wells. SPE drilling & completion, v. 25, June 2010: 193-198.

Medeiros, F., and others. Analysis of production data from hydraulically fractured horizontal wells in shale reservoirs. SPE reservoir evaluation & engineering, v. 13, June 2010: 559-568.

Montgomery, Carl T., and Michael B. Smith. Hydraulic fracturing: history of an enduring technology. JPT: journal of petroleum technology, v. 62, Dec. 2010: 26-28, 30-32.

Moritis, Guntis. New synthetic-based muds allow more complex wells. Oil & gas journal, v. 109, Feb. 7, 2011: 68-70.

Motahhari, H. R., G. Hareland, and J. A. James. Improved drilling efficiency technique using integrated PDM and PDC bit parameters. Journal of Canadian petroleum technology, v. 49, Oct. 2010: 45-52.

Ouderman, P. Validation of blowout-rate calculations for subsea wells. SPE drilling & completion, v. 25, Sept. 2010: 282-289.

Ramamoorthy, Raghu, and others. A new workflow for petrophysical and textural evaluation of carbonate reservoirs. Petrophysics, v. 51, Feb. 2010: 17-31.

Thomas, Mark. Subsea developments key to future production. JPT: journal of petroleum technology, v. 62, Oct. 2010: 34-36.

Zhou, L., and others. Hydraulics of drilling with aerated muds under simulated borehole conditions. Journal of energy resources technology, v. 132, Mar. 2010: 011002-1 to 011002-8.



Selected Materials available in the Science Reading Room pamphlet boxes include the following:

Beckwith, Robin. Hydraulic fracturing: the fuss the facts, the future. JPT: journal of petroleum technology, v. 62, Dec. 2010: 34-36, 38-41.

Carlisle, Juliet E., and others. The public’s trust in scientific claims regarding offshore oil drilling. Public understanding of science, v. 19, Sept. 2010: 514-527.

Deepwater Horizon: writings from the black hole. Economist, v. 399, Apr. 23, 2011: 87-88.
“What to read at the first anniversary of the blowout”

Hess, Glenn. Drilling process draws scrutiny. Chemical & engineering news, v. 88, May 31, 2010: 42-45.

Klemas, Victor. Tracking oil slicks and predicting their trajectories using remote sensors and models: case studies of the Sea Princess and Deepwater Horizon oil spills. Journal of coastal research, v. 26, Sept. 2010: 789-797.

Kok, M. V. Characterization and development of drilling fluid type for an oil field. Energy sources, part A: recovery, utilization, and environmental effects, v. 32, no. 5, 2010: 395-399.

Korman, Richard, and Jim Parsons. Uncalculated risks: do engineering license exemptions open the door to dangerous shortcuts? ENR, v. 265, Nov. 22, 2010: 25-29.

Martínez-Palou, Rafael, and others. Transportation of heavy and extra-heavy crude oil by pipeline: a review. Journal of petroleum science and engineering, v. 75, Jan. 2011: 274-282.

Orsak, Geoffrey C. Too much oil, not enough engineering: Gulf of Mexico disaster brings energy problems to the forefront. Design news, v. 65, July 2010: 24.

Venosa, Albert D., Pablo Campo, and Makram T. Suidan. Biodegradability of lingering crude oil 19 years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Environmental science & technology, v. 44, Oct. 1, 2010: 7613-7621.

Worldwide deepwater petroleum exploration and development prospectivity: comparative analysis of efforts and outcomes. JPT: journal of petroleum engineering, v. 62, June 2010: 44-47.



American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers
P.O. Box 270728
Littleton, CO 80127-0013
Telephone: (303) 948-4255

American Petroleum Institute
1220 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005-4070
Telephone: (202) 682-8000

Society of Petroleum Engineers
222 Palisades Creek Drive
Richardson, TX 75080-2040
Telephone: (972) 952-9393 and (800) 456-6863
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The Internet offers a number of sites useful for finding information on petroleum engineering. Several of the organizations listed above provide links to related sites from their websites. You might try the sites listed below, or use your favorite search engine and appropriate keywords to identify more specific resources.

Adventures in Energy: An Interactive Look at Oil and Natural Gas

Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum

Geological Society of America

Hydrocarbons Technology

Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission

Offshore Technology Conference

Schlumberger Oilfield Glossary

Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME)

Society of Exploration Geophysicists

U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Department of Energy: DOE Bridge

U.S. Energy Information Administration

World Petroleum Council

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