Seismic testing under way in Trumbull

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Motorists traveling through Trumbull County might spot some oversized trucks in the coming weeks.

Crews are doing seismic testing throughout the county, which involves several trucks lining up and vibrating the ground. A crew was working in Lordstown on Wednesday afternoon.

The process is used by the gas and oil companies to get a better idea of what’s underground before they start drilling.

“A seismic test tells them how deep the shale is from the surface. Then when they get to the shale, it tells them the depth of the shale itself.  It gives the drilling companies a better idea of where to drill, where to turn their bits, how far out they can extend and just where to start and finish the holes from,” said Jack Simon with the Trumbull County Engineer’s Office.

Simon said there may be some low-flying helicopters in the area that are used to drop equipment into wooded areas to aid in mapping.

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