While the first recorded commercial use of manufactured gas was in the United Kingdom, the United States can fairly lay claim to being the birthplace of the natural gas industry as we know it today. There are, of course, many interesting references in literature to the burning of natural gas from underground seepages in China and elsewhere many centuries ago, but these were very small, localised events. As mentioned in Chapter 1, only the Chinese got as far as collecting such gas and piping it over very short distances in hollowed-out bamboo canes. All these early events petered out in time and it was the Americans who made the first serious attempts to utilise natural gas in a practical way.Story of Gas American Gas Association, 1964.
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- The United States
Malcolm W. H. Peebles
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