The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary of the Woods is allowing oil company CountryMark to test for oil on the congregation's property.
Crews began cleaning up an old coke and carbon plant in June, aiming to remove contaminants from the soil and groundwater.
Park officials say many of the homeless people had already left because of tighter restrictions implemented earlier this year.
The approved lease establishes royalty payments between the city and Pioneer Oil, which plans to drill on Indiana University State's campus.
The dome of the 129-year-old Terre Haute courthouse is being coated with a gold sealant.
We talked with Mayor Bennett about Terre Haute's colleges, oil exploration and recycling programs.
Terre Haute's Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is named best undergraduate engineering program in the nation.
ISU approved oil drilling on its property after an Illinois oil company expressed confidence there is substantial oil beneath the surface.
The Washington Monthly College Guide rated ISU number one out of 281 universities across the nation for community engagement among students.
The university attributes the high numbers to additional graduate programs and a larger incoming freshman class.