More Gas Drilling in Payette

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They're drilling again in Payette County.

Earlier this year, Canadian-based Bridge Resources drilled on private land in and around Payette with some success.

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"It's a million cubic feet a day, and it's sweet gas," trumpeted Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter. "And it will go right into the [commercial production] line."

After drilling five exploratory wells in the spring, Bridge hit three successful discoveries. They asked for, and received, permission to drill five more from the Payette County Planning and Zoning Commission in July.

Now, Bridge has received permission to sink 10 more wells in Payette. Drilling began this week on a 6,000-acre site called the Willow site, north of Payette. More drilling is expected on a 36,000-acre parcel known as the Hamelton site.

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