High oil prices stoke interest in extracting Toledo area deposits

You might not know it looking across the topographically-challenged lakeside landscape, but there's probably oil under Oregon.

Bowling Green, too. And Cygnet, and Lima, and a whole crescent-shaped swath of northwest Ohio. There's also some under southern Michigan.

While politicians in Washington discuss and debate the merits and perils of drilling for oil along America's coastlines, billions of barrels' worth is believed to lie in subterranean pockets across the continental United States.

Maybe as much as 4.5 billion barrels may be beneath northwest Ohio, according to state geologists.

There's just one problem: How to draw it out of the ground?

"I know there's a lot of oil still left up there in northwest Ohio, it's just a matter of figuring how to get it out and trying to do it economically," said Ron Riley, senior geologist with the Ohio Geological Survey.


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