TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana State University has received local approval for its plans to drill for oil beneath the Terre Haute campus.
The Terre Haute Board of Zoning Appeals gave the school permission Wednesday for oil exploration and possible drilling on the eastern edge of campus. Officials tell the Tribune-Star (http://bit.ly/OsA0Za ) that Illinois-based Pioneer Oil holds a lease with ISU to explore for oil on that land.
Although local officials have approved the project, Pioneer Oil still needs to obtain a state permit to begin exploration.
ISU vice president of business affairs Diann McKee says the company is covering all of the expenses of the exploration. She says any campus oil pumps would be submerged below ground and any gases would be burned in an incinerator to prevent odors from escaping.
Information from: Tribune-Star, http://www.tribstar.com