The following appeared in Mason County Daily News, forwarded to us today:
Drilling for natural gas begins next month near Montesano. The State Department of Natural Resources approved an exploratory well venture for Comet Ridge Resources of Denver. The well is going to be a conventional vertical hole drilled into marine sediments and sandstone. The “fracking Technique”, where water is pumped in to force the natural gas out, will not be used. Drilling will continue for about a year. If they find enough natural gas to make it financially viable, the company will need to get additional permits from the state before production could begin.