- Associated Press - Monday, February 2, 2015

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - Wheeling Jesuit University’s Appalachian Institute is hosting a public forum on drilling for oil and gas under the Ohio River.

The forum will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday. Panelists are Wheeling Jesuit professor of biology Ben Stout and Gastar Exploration, Inc. vice president Mike McCown.

Gastar recently won a bid to drill wells underneath a 232-acre state-owned tract under the river in Marshall County.

The university says several state legislators plan to attend the forum.

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