The Land and Water Conservation Fund has been used to acquire more than 30,000 acres in Indiana.
Oil prices have dropped below $50 per barrel, but gas in Central Indiana has risen to above $2 per gallon.
The price of gas trickled back down just before Christmas after a spike last week, but now that the holiday has come and gone, the price has jumped even higher.
The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary of the Woods is allowing oil company CountryMark to test for oil on the congregation's property.
Contractors began testing Friday afternoon to determine how much oil lies beneath Indiana State University in Terre Haute.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is collecting information on chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.
Indiana State University Trustees said university officials can start negotiations with oil company about drilling on campus.
Says Greg Seiter, "This is going to be a strong summer for travel once again."
The oil exploration is located on land near the Terre Haute International Airport and is part of The Illinois Basin.
Gas prices are on the rise, and so is the cost of oil.