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Seismographic survey coming to Medina County

By Bob Downing Published: June 25, 2012


A Texas-based company has won approval from the city of Wadsworth to run a fiber optic cable for seismic testing for natural gas.

The permit was secured by Nicholson Land Services of Tyler, Texas, on behalf of Tidelands Geophysical Co. of Plano, Texas.

No seismic testing will be conducted in the city of Wadsworth, but running the line through the city will enable testing to be conducted in Wadsworth Township.

The above-the-ground cable will be installed between July 15 and Sept. 15, depending on the weather.

The cable will be on the ground at least three days and not longer than two weeks in the road right of way. It will then be removed.

The testing proceeds at about five miles per day.

The cable, the size of a cable television cable, will extend down state Route 94 from the Wadsworth north city limits to Seville Road in the south. In the downtown area, the cable will extended down King, Pardee and Mills streets.

There is no electricity in the cable and it can be driven over and walked over. The cable will be taped down where it will cross driveways.

The company plans to have troubleshooting crews monitoring the line at all times and any breaks in the line will show up in Nicholson’s control room.

The Ohio Department of Transportation also approved the seismographic survey, the purpose of which is to map the subsurface for natural gas and oil industries.

The company is working on seismographic surveys of much of eastern Ohio, said company spokesman Mike Martin.

For more information, contact Martin at 903-530-8009 or



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