Gulf oil field names follow quirky, creative system
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Oil fields have had quite the history in the Gulf of Mexico. But the names of some of operating and non-producing wells may surprise you.
Click through to see some of the quirky names behind these money machines. Names appearing in bold are major discoveries which could produce or are wells currently producing.
Animal House: Marmalard, Delta House, Bluto
Cartoons: Popeye, Brutus, Bullwinkle, Rocky, Boris
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Spices: Oregano, Cardamom
Ned Gerard / Ned Gerard
Tools: Auger, Machete, Screwdriver
Discovery Channel / Discovery Channel
Sharks: Great White, Maco, Tiger
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Drinks: Cognac, Bourbon, Rum
TSCRA / TSCRA
Cows: Guernsey, Holstein, Angus, Charolais
Astronomy: Mars, Ursa, Europa, Juno
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Physicists: Rydberg, Coloumb, Kepler, Fourier
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Civil War battles: Antietam, Vicksburg, Gettysburg, Coloumb
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Gods of wind: Boreas, Skeiron, Caicias
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Pigeon breeds: Antwerp, Bagdad
Jared Cruce / Row Adventures
Rivers in Oregon: Rogue, Klamath, Deschutes
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Spouses: Donna, Nancy, Norma, Robin
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Gambling: Blackjack, Roulette
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Galapagos Islands: Isabela, Santa Cruz, Santiago
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Rivers: Tiber, Gila
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Na Kika - prospect named for the octopus god of the Gilbert Islands
Who Dat? – LLOG prospect named for New Orleans Saints chant
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Rock 'n roll-themed:
Crazy Horse (now Thunder Horse) -BP, Blind Faith - Chevron, Tubular Bells - Hess, Stones - Shell
Take a look at an any major oil company’s map of offshore oil fields, and you’ll see a strange panoply of names across the Gulf of Mexico. That’s because when oil company geologists make a discovery, their employers give them permission to name it. And many of them seem to make it a point of personal pride to come up with the most creative names possible.
Generally, oil fields found in the same vicinity or leased at the same time have names that are part of a broader theme like cartoon characters or historical sites.
But as drilling activity has increased in the Gulf of Mexico over the decades, geologists have had to push the envelope and develop even more distinct labels for their finds.
Check out some of the interesting names for oil fields sitting in the Gulf of Mexico. Find more examples and a look at the process in a story at HoustonChronicle.com.