Planning for Higher Education Journal

Analyzing Whether a College/University Should Drill for Natural Gas on Its Property

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From Volume 42 Number 1 | October–December 2013
By Kenneth L. Kutina, Ana B. Locci

This article presents a rigorous methodology for objectively analyzing whether a college or university should drill for natural gas on property it owns, either at its own expense or by contracting with a for-profit exploration and production company. It describes the acquisition of gas well production data and the utilization of that data in a mathematical model to forecast likely production from a new well. In addition, the article describes the financial analysis used to assess the likely fiscal impact of drilling a well and summarizes the non-quantitative factors that should also be considered in making a decision whether to drill for gas.

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