Soybean field, cornfield or oil field? Looks like it's all three! An operating oil pump taps black gold from layers of porous rock probably a half-mile below this field yesterday south of St. Jacob, Ill. Several more oil-pump jacks were rockin' up and down on this farmland and the few surrounding farms. Illinois has some 650 oil fields, mostly in our southern half of the state, according to the Illinois State Geological Survey, but fewer that half of the oil wells drilled here hit enough oil to pay for the cost of drilling. Oh, well – there's still the soybeans and corn!
wendy and vince
9/10/2013 11:41:00 pm
Hi Tom! We really miss you and Anne. We are in Mainz Germany 15 minutes away from Vince's birth place of Wiesbaden Germany. He actually works in the same building he was born in. I am no writer but you and Vince are. And it does not take one to know a good writer as the 2 of you. Hope all is well. And really enjoyed reading your blog. Hope you do the same on ours. Cheers! WenVin
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T.E. Griggs is a writer, editor and photographer and a retired U.S. Marine.