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Strata-X Energy Begins Drilling in Emmons County

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Drilling for natural gas is underway in Emmons County.

The Department of Mineral Resources issued four drilling permits to Strata-X Energy in December.

Workers began drilling the first hole this weekend.

If they do hit natural gas and that's if this turns out to be a successful project there is a natural gas pipeline just north of here that they could tap into to distribute the natural gas.

We've seen local farmers who are hauling water to the site. They say the amount they've been asked to haul has doubled since the project began.

We talked to some local farmers and city officials but no one seems to know much about what's happening with this project.

No one from Strata-X is on site and the contractors doing the work and the contractors on site are unable to comment on the project.

Strata-X Energy has purchased over 20-thousand acres of mineral rights in Emmons County since last July.

The Department of Mineral Resources says it's rare to see permits issued this far east of Highway 83 in terms of oil or gas development.

The well is on confidential status so it may be months before much is known in terms of the success of the wells.

Another company attempted to drill in 2006 but was not successful.

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