NORTH JACKSON, Ohio – Helicopters overhead and trucks on the ground below are just some of the sounds students at Jackson Milton High School have seen and heard since the shale industry came to town.
On Wednesday, students got a seismic science lesson from a Halcon Resources representative. Science teacher Steven Mohr said shale has been a topic of discussion, so he invited the company to explain to the students what they are doing.
“No longer sitting in the classroom going, o.k. why are we memorizing this stuff. Why are we talking about it? They can see it in real life,” said Mohr.
The demonstration depicted how the company collects data from 3-D seismic testing. At any given time, there are about 7,800 geophones in the ground listening to vibrations sent out by specialized equipment.
“It’s coming from the vibrator truck. It will hit this layer and then come up and be captured by that geophone or another geophone, depending on the angles,” said geophysicist John Tinnin. “That helps us map out the area.”
Students said they now have a better idea of what’s happening in their communities. Mackenzie Mahon said it was interesting to see up close what’ been happening around the area within the last year.
“It was very interesting. We see those trucks all the time at my grandma’s house. They are drilling wells out there now. They do a lot of stuff with dynamite,” said Mahon.
In about a month, Halcon will start receiving preliminary data from the seismic acquisition.