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By: Allyssa Dickert – KFYR
Crude oil has been used for centuries. One of the first uses was to light kerosene lamps. Today, gasoline is a major byproduct of oil, but that’s far from the only use.
On average, one 42 gallon barrel of oil creates 19.4 gallons of gasoline. The rest of the barrel is used to make products that consumers rely on every day: the car you drive, the roof over your head and some medicine you use all contain petrochemicals.
Thousands of products derive from petroleum.
“Every barrel of oil really is its own laboratory because it’s producing the fuels and then everything that’s left over is going to petrochemical manufacturing,” said Kari Cutting, North Dakota Petroleum Council.