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At the end of the summer on August 27th, Americans celebrate National Petroleum Day.

The day is celebrated by many working in the oil and gas industries, and used as a platform to gather and discuss the may issues that face the industry. Crude oil and other liquids produced from fossil fuels are refined into petroleum products that people use for many different purposes. Biofuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel, are also used as petroleum products, mainly in mixtures with gasoline and diesel fuel

Petroleum was discovered by Edwin L. Drake on August 27, 1858 in Titusville, Pennsylvania. He struck oil 70 feet beneath the surface in Titusville, thus launching the modern-day petroleum industry in the USA. This event is very important for the history of Titusville, because since the discovery of crude oil the region became prosperous.

Although used for many different types of product in many different industries, we need to consider the fact the world will eventually run out of petrol reserves and we therefore need to find kinder alternatives and substitutes. A highly contentious issue, this is a subject that we should not ignore and continue to learn more about.

You could get involved in the day by considering what products you use in your lives that use petroleum and attempting to find kinder alternatives. You could also research more about the effect on the world our petroleum consumption has, and what is being done in your areas to minimise and risks.

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