Gas Fills Tanks But Some Are Fracked Off

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On the dusty southeastern corner of the University of Texas at Arlington is an odd sight for a university campus: more than 20 natural gas wells.

But spectacles such as this - which is part of an initiative yielding a 27 per cent royalty that has generated $10 million (£6.2 million) for the institution in the past three years - are becoming more common at the US universities sitting on energy deposits. Such institutions have found a new way to make money: by drilling for oil and natural gas.

The Arlington campus "happened to be on a sweet spot" in the Barnett Shale natural gas field, said university spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan.

"I'd say the issue came down to being good stewards of the available natural resources and making sure the revenue was used to benefit our students, faculty and university overall," she said.

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