ISU Gets Ok To Drill For Oil

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Indiana State University is giving the oil business a try.

The university received permission Wednesday from the Terre Haute Board of Zoning Appeals for oil exploration and possible drilling on the eastern edge of its campus.

Four members of the five-person BZA, at a meeting at the Vigo County annex, granted a special use permit for mineral extraction for ISU-owned property at 10th and Chestnut streets. A fifth member of the board was absent from the meeting.

The property, formerly an industrial site, is currently zoned for manufacturing purposes. Pioneer Oil, an Illinois-based company, holds a lease on the property with ISU and would conduct any exploration or drilling, officials said.

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