The Old World, New Again?
Ophiline is refined Serpent oil, pumped from the Serpent’s body by slant-drilling derricks in East
Africa and England. Royal Dutch-Shell has developed a “stepped-down” version suitable for standard internal combustion engines (herpetrol, called “O-gas” in America), but the pure stuff is available for research purposes…and for other purposes as well. Wildcat drillers have made ophiline potentially available almost anywhere motor vehicles might get fueled, although it costs nearly $3 a gallon!
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