Ohio University is switching its Lausche plant from coal to natural gas for the summer.
The university said it was able to secure enough fuel to run the plant for five months because of low prices for natural gas.
The university will pay less for natural gas than it did for coal. It is the first time that the cost of natural gas is lower than coal for the university to make such a switch possible, the school said.
The Columbus Dispatch reported recently that the university's trustees are battling with Columbus over who controls drilling on college campuses.
The Ohio U trustees passed a resolution saying they have final control under a new state law that opens property at Ohio colleges. It is House Bill 133..
University officials said they are confident they can veto drilling proposals advanced by the state. But it is unclear under the law whether the state has the authority to override such local vetoes.
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.