Facilities Development & Operations

Drilling Rig near Engineering Building

Drilling of Wells

You may have noticed there were drilling rigs on campus near the Engineering Building and at South Campus. We were not drilling for oil, instead, we were drilling out two wells that were 250 ft. and 650 ft. deep. One of the wells dates back to 1954, and the other pre-dates any records and was likely a farming well from the 1800's.

The wells were drilled out, exploded with dynamite and filled with concrete. County regulations require that wells not in use, must be disposed of in this manner. For safety reasons, it is important to ensure that no inappropriate materials find their way into the wells which could lead to a contaminated ground water system.

While we won't see any revenues from oil drilling, we have ensured that our ground water system is healthy and not exposed to environmental contamination.