He was interested in potential of seep oil as a cheap alternative to expensive whale oil. In 1853 Łukasiewicz as the first in the world destilled clear kerosene from smelly seep oil. The same year he started the oil industry. On July 31, 1853 Łukasiewicz provided light from one of his kerosene lamps to a local hospital for an emergency surgery.
At the beginning of 1854 Łukasiewicz moved to Gorlice and continued his activity. He set up a lot of companies with many entrepreneurs and land owners. In 1854 he founded the first oil mine in Poland and in 1856 the first oil distillery.
This liquid is the future wealth of the country, it's the welbeing and prosperity of its inhabitants, it's a new source of income for the poor, and a new branch of industry which shall bear plentiful fruit.
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