From March 14, 1910, to September 10, 1911, millions of gallons of oil gushed out of a pressurized well in Kern-County, California. Known as the “Lakeview Gusher,” over the course of 18 months approximately 9 million gallons of oil poured out of the Midway-Sunset Oil Field in what is still the largest oil spill in U.S. history.
Oil and gas operations are commonly found in remote locations far from company headquarters. Now, it's possible to monitor pump operations, collate and analyze seismic data, and track employees around the world from almost anywhere. Whether employees are in the office or in the field, the internet and related applications enable a greater multidirectional flow of information – and control – than ever before.