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Have you Noticed Cords on Norton Road? Here's What They're About

Nicholson Land Services are doing seismic testing. What's that you ask? Read on.

Have you seen spools of cords lined down Norton Road?

Service Director Mike Miller said the cords are actually cable television cords placed down the street by Nicholson Land Services for seismic testing — a process used to determine the density of rock layers and where oil and gasses could be trapped. Results can also help predict earthquakes. 

Along with the cords, flags called "geophones," or listening devices, are placed down the street every 150 feet.

The cords are expected to be lined down the street for about a week.

"The process in Green when they did it went one day after the 'cords' were in place along with the geophones. It took about a week to set up," said Miller. 

Once everything is set up, workers will stop every 300 feet to send a seismic vibration through the ground. 

"The seismic test consists of surveyors placing pin flags and geophones along roadway in ditch, and then trucks using 'vibrosize' method will conduct the test along roadway on pavement," said Miller. "As the test is completed all pin flags and equipment will be picked up."

Miller said the method of testing is nondestructive and noninvasive. 

"The trucks send a sound wave down into the ground, which is reflected off the formation," he explained. "The geophones receive the reflection and send a signal to the recording van through the wires, where the data is collected and stored.”

Troy McClure May 30, 2012 at 10:13 AM
I've seen them throughout Hudson as well.
J Balog May 30, 2012 at 01:20 PM
This article does not explain WHY this is being done. "Determine density of rock layers" -- what does that mean? Sounds like fracking is coming our way. More info please.
Amanda Harnocz May 30, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Sure, J Balog. At Patch we keep a stream of information flowing to all of you. I will keep asking questions and keep posting updates. Thanks for reading!
Polly Baker May 30, 2012 at 07:56 PM
I would like to know who is paying for this service?
Debbie S. May 30, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Your state government just threw the doors wide open to fracking in Ohio with the passage of SB 315, so companies are scrambling to take advantage of the opportunities before people wise-up to what's going on. http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=129_SB_315
Troy McClure May 30, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Who wants to take bets on how soon extension cords start coming up missing? Just sayin'... ;)
Terry May 31, 2012 at 05:29 PM
jobs, jobs, jobs!!
HousecallsHomeServicesDotCom June 05, 2012 at 11:21 AM
Fracking is coming and it is not pretty. Get ready for a serious decrease in property values and poisoned ground water.
Troy McClure June 05, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Please stop spewing this crap until you can back it up. And don't cite for us ANYTHING from anti-fracking entities.
Debbie S. June 06, 2012 at 11:39 PM
From the National Academy of Sciences, regarding contamination of ground water: http://www.pnas.org/content/108/20/8172.full?sid=7c2a0a28-9bc2-4f8d-aa59-7e8db7c29535
Debbie S. June 06, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Another article from the site "How Stuff Works" about "split estates" where the land-owner retains the above-ground land rights and the oil/gas company owns what's underneath (referencing several documented factors which decrease property values): http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/conservation/issues/fracking-takes-land-away.htm

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