The southeastern United States as defined by the author includes the states of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and extends south through the Florida peninsula. The relevance of the states bordering the area will also be discussed. The region is currently lacking significant oil and gas production except for far western Virginia, the panhandle of Florida and far southern Florida near the Everglades. Documented oil and gas shows and evidence of hydrocarbon existence have been reported in notable wells drilled in all of the areas. Small oil seeps reaching the surface have been observed in central Georgia dating back to the first settlements of the eighteenth century and were probably observed earlier before the reported and local newspaper documented discovery in the early part of the twentieth century in 1919.
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