Merkwiller-Pechelbronn () is a
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in the
Bas-Rhin Bas-Rhin (; Alsatian language, Alsatian: ''Unterelsàss'', ' or '; traditional german: links=no, Niederrhein; en, Lower Rhine) is a Departments of France, department in Alsace which is a part of the Grand Est super-region of France. The name me ...
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Grand Est
in north-eastern
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. It is notable as the original home of
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mining. Oil sands were mined from 1745 in Merkwiller-Pechelbronn, initially under the direction of Louis Pierre Ancillon de la Sablonnière, by special appointment of
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. The Pechelbronn oil field was active until 1970, and was the birthplace of companies such as
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. The first modern oil sands refinery was built there in 1857; and it also had the first school of oil technology."History of Pechelbronn oil"

See also

Communes of the Bas-Rhin department The following is a list of the 514 Communes of France, communes of the Bas-Rhin Departments of France, department of France. The communes cooperate in the following Communes of France#Intercommunality, intercommunalities (as of 2020):


INSEE commune file

External links

Official site (in French)
Communes of Bas-Rhin Bituminous sands {{BasRhin-geo-stub