Aurora -- Precision Geophysical, a Millersburg company that does seismic testing, recently tested for oil and natural gas over a 150-mile area including on Route 43 in Aurora and Streetsboro. The area extended from Mentor south to Noble County.
Mark Zimmerman, a Precision Geophysical employee, said his company's project started in December and ended in mid-January. He said the firm is an independent contractor that works for numerous oil and natural gas companies.
"If you name one, we probably work for it," he said. "We tested to map underground layers of oil and natural gas."
"We're creating jobs in Ohio and finding oil right here at home," said Steven McCrossin, president. "If we stop seismic testing, our dependence on foreign oil is going to grow. Not doing this type of testing would be very non-productive for the energy industry as a whole."
Zimmerman said his company ran cables along the side of the road on Route 43, and the cables have sensors that pick up vibrations and send an image to a computer. Layers of ground 5,000 to 8,000 feet deep that previously weren't accessible are being explored, he said, and vibrations are used to create a map.
"We want to map out the areas that have oil and gas formations," he said. "This test is a general overview. We're not looking for any specific spot."
McCrossin said the testing doesn't extend in either direction from the roadway.
"It goes straight down," he said.
"We don't have control over the time frame [for seeking the oil or natural gas]," he added. "We just do the testing."
Zimmerman declined to reveal the results of the testing, noting "the findings are not published."
He said his firm does work throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and West Virginia.
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