It appears as if Idaho's next round of natural gas exploration is set to move forward.
A geologist hired by Snake River Oil and Gas, which recently purchased most of Bridge Resources assets from the failing company, will soon launch a battery of seismic testing in the New Plymouth area to determine where the best gas deposits might be.
Ron McLeod, a geologist from Gulf Coast Permit Services of Lindale, Texas, presented his plan to Payette County commissioners this week, saying he would craft a virtual 3-D photo of the earth's crust, using sound-wave technology.
McLeod said he has already begun speaking to Payette County landowners about running tests on their property. McLeod estimated that the tests would take approximately two months.
Snake River Oil and Gas waited on the sidelines for a few years as Bridge Resources became Idaho's first successful natural gas explorer, but then failed under crumbling walls of debt. Meanwhile, Snake River had already been negotiating land and mineral leases of its own with Idaho landowners.