As strange as it may seem today, the idea of cementing the casing-wellbore annulus of a well was neither intuitive nor easily accepted. In 1919, as Erle P. Halliburton struggled to set up cementing operations in north central Texas around the booming fields surrounding Wichita Falls, Texas, most operators were skeptical of cementing casing. Most wells were doing well, they reasoned, without the new-fangled technology and there was, in the back of their minds, the question of possible well damage resulting from cementing. For Halliburton, it was to be an...

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