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BP GIVES OHIO GEOLOGISTS A "PIECE OF THE (LIMA) ROCK"

 BP GIVES OHIO GEOLOGISTS A "PIECE OF THE (LIMA) ROCK"
 CLEVELAND, April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- BP Chemicals, Nitriles and Nitrogen Division (NND), has announced that it has organized a consortium of Ohio geologists to study rock cores the company obtained from its Lima chemical plant site. The 2,200 feet of cores represent a wealth of geologic information dating back hundreds of million of years.
 The 17 tons of 4-inch cores were retrieved from a stratigraphic test well drilled by BP in 1991 to a depth of 3,400 feet. BP voluntarily drilled the $4 million well to confirm the safety of its deep well waste disposal system.
 The consortium will identify the manner in which data from the cores can be used to advance academic research and education. Consortium members are: Ohio Regents Prof. Frank Schwarz, The Ohio State University; Prof. Robert Ritzi, Wright State University; Prof. James Aronson, Case Western Reserve University; and Prof. Michael Hansen and Garry Yates of the Ohio Geological Survey. Other geologists and researchers may also advise in a volunteer capacity.
 The cores represent an unprecedented resource for this part of the country, according to Aronson.
 "The core will give geologists an opportunity to see an absolutely perfect, 100 percent complete record of all the rock layers -- at a depth almost comparable to that of the Grand Canyon," Aronson said.
 He explained that the core will help geologists fine-tune the dating tests they have been using and give them a chance to verify conclusions from geological tests.
 "This group of scientists represent the finest geological talent in this region," Jim Walpole, BP Chemicals, said. "They will develop means by which the results of BP's drilling and geological testing activities can be utilized in the research and educational process in Ohio's higher education."
 "We are pleased to share this wealth of geological history about our area of the country. Making this important information available to the academic community represents our continuing commitment to science education," added Walpole.
 BP created a special exhibit in downtown Lima to publicly display the rock cores. Nearly 5,000 people jammed the Lima Civic Center on March 1-4, to catch a glimpse of their geologic past. Currently, the cores and all associated data from drilling and computer modeling studies are being stored at the BP Lima Chemicals plant.
 The BP Lima Chemicals plant produces acrylonitrile for the fibers and plastic markets, and nitrogen chemicals (ammonia, urea, nitric acid and carbon dioxide), which are widely used in agricultural markets as fertilizers, and by industries such as steel, textiles, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and paper.
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 /CONTACT: Judith E. Gilbert (Lima), 419-226-2372, or Tony Kozlowski (Cleveland), 216-586-5577, both of BP Chemicals/ CO: BP Chemicals ST: Ohio IN: CHM SU:


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