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Photo Friday: Teapot Dome – sunset on the last U.S. Government-owned operating oil field

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center (RMOTC) is located on Naval Petroleum Reserve No. 3 (NPR-3). Nicknamed “Teapot Dome,” this center was used for testing new technologies and techniques related to drilling, oil and gas production, renewable energy, and other portions of the energy system. It was the last U.S. Government-owned operating oil field.

On July 15, 2013, Secretary of Energy Moniz informed Congress of the DOE’s intent to sell this 10,000 acre testing facility via a public bidding process. This month, the DOE announced the sale of all equipment and material in the center.

Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Energy – Photo of oil rig on Teapot Dome, taken on May 27, 2004

Melissa C. Lott About the Author: An engineer and researcher who works at the intersection of energy, environment, technology, and policy. Follow on Twitter @mclott.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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  1. 1. ErnestPayne 8:06 pm 01/18/2014

    Somewhere the Harding regime members must be turning over in their graves.

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