Final Installment of Wisdom & Wine at Drake Well Museum Set for Today

Jacob Deemer

Jacob Deemer

Published March 28, 2024 4:35 am
Last Updated: March 28, 2024 5:07 pm

TITUSVILLE, Pa. — Drake Well Museum and Park will conclude its popular spring series, “Wisdom & Wine,” this Thursday, March 28, with a presentation on the “History of Idle & Orphan Wells in America,” given by Dan Arthur, President and Chief Engineer of ALL Consulting, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Mr. Arthur’s talk will discuss the beginnings of the modern oil and gas industries which led to millions of wells being drilled in American during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Unfortunately, through ongoing cycles of demand and commodity prices, many of those wells became orphaned while others could no longer be economically produced. This has left our society with millions of wells that need to be plugged—all of which are different, being drilled and completed using a variety of technologies and materials.

Understanding this history is crucial to addressing the problems we face today in dealing with these abandoned wells.

Mr. Arthur is a registered professional petroleum engineer specializing in oil & gas upstream, environmental, and asset decommissioning. He has 40 years of diverse experience that includes work in industry, government, and consulting.

Arthur is a founding member of ALL Consulting and has served as the company’s President & Chief Engineer since its inception in 1999. Prior to founding ALL Consulting, he served as a Vice President of upstream energy services at a large international consulting engineering firm, served as an Enforcement Officer and National Expert for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a drilling and operations engineer with an independent oil producer, and worked oilfield service company (Halliburton) in the mid-continent.

Arthur is also the Vice President of Well Plugging Initiatives of CSR Services (A Pennsylvania Well Service & Plugging Company); Chief Technology Officer of Total Methane Technologies; and Chief Engineer of DynaVert Holdings (a Carbon Credit Project Development Company).

This year’s Wisdom & Wine series is sponsored by CSR Services, LLC.

The event will be held at Drake Well Museum, beginning with “happy hour” at 5:30 p.m. followed by the presentation at 6:30 p.m.

Wine selections from Brokenstraw Valley Winery, LLC, will be featured for sampling and purchasing along with light snacks.

Admission is $10 for non-members or $5 for the lecture only.

Members of Friends of Drake Well pay $5 for Happy Hour with the lecture free of charge. Mr. Arthur has generously donated an American flag handmade from wooden sucker rods taken from a 19th century well in western Ohio. The flag will be raffled off at the event with all donations going to Friends of Drake Well, Inc., in support of Drake Well Museum and Park.

More details on this event and other upcoming events and programs at Drake Well Museum can be found at, on Facebook under “Drake Well Museum and Park,” or by calling 814-827-2797.

Located off Route 8 south of Titusville, Drake Well Museum and Park is open year-round. Hours of operation are currently Friday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., November 1, to March 31, and Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. beginning April 1 through October 31. 

Drake Well Museum and Park is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in partnership with Friends of Drake Well, Inc., a non-profit community-based organization, and is part of the Pennsylvania Trails of History.