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Terre Haute Begins Oil Drilling On ISU Property

After months of negotiations and preparations, Pioneer Oil Company is beginning drilling this week on the property it is leasing from Indiana State University.

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ISU approved oil drilling on its property after an Illinois oil company shared confidence there is oil beneath the surface.

Oil drilling in Terre Haute on Indiana State University’s property begins this week, after two years of planning.

Illinois based Pioneer Oil Company is conducting the drilling after university trustees approved the oil and gas lease in February 2012.

The company commissioned seismic testing on the Indiana State campus and adjacent areas to determine if there are sufficient oil reserves to warrant drilling. Pumping will be done completely underground and Pioneer worked with ISU to plan the drilling when students are out of town.

“Pioneer Oil has experience in oil exploration in environmentally sensitive areas, including Harmonie State Park and the University of Southern Indiana, and we appreciate company officials working with us to ensure that this operation will have limited impact on the university and its neighbors,” Diann McKee, vice president of business affairs and finance at ISU, said in a statement.

Claire McInerny

Claire McInerny is a reporter/producer for WFIU/WTIU news. She comes to WFIU/WTIU from KCUR in Kansas City. She graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Kansas where she discovered her passion for public media and the stories it tells. You can follow her on Twitter @ClaireMcInerny.

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