OSU To Install And Study ‘Fracking’ Well

The early stages of a waste water well being drilled in Mahoning County.(Photo: WCPN)
The early stages of a waste water well being drilled in Mahoning County.(Photo: WCPN)

Ohio State University says its researcher want to install and study a gas well in eastern Ohio to study the process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

The shale drilling well would be built on university owned land in Noble County. Supporters say it provides researchers opportunity to study how shale drilling alters the environment and assess pollution risks to the air and groundwater.

The process requires a 200-foot-tall drilling rig and a set of industrial pumps to send millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals below ground to shatter the shale and free trapped oil and gas.

The proposed shale well is one of several Ohio State projects related to the controversial drilling process.

Comments
  • SAL555

    Far be it from me to quote the Columbus Dispatch, but they did ask a salient question about this pursuit of OSU. The concern is that Tennessee has already done a similar well, and apparently has become financially entangled to the point with the profits that the “research” has become ethically suspect. How can OSU avoid a similar situation? Research is fine, but perhaps they need to dedicate any profits to student grants or other destinations that don’t financially enable OSU in an ethically suspect way. And this needs to be managed in a critically efficient manner that avoids the typical vague allocations that institutions can use to disguise profits. For example, using the term “operational costs” to cover other objectives that might be a little less credible.