no gas yet

The most significant story in this morning’s Albuquerque Journal was hidden away, the sort of story that doesn’t get a lot of attention because it is about something that didn’t happen:

It’s been nearly a year since Tecton Energy began its natural gas drilling in the West Mesa.
So far, no luck.
“(Tecton) believes there is natural gas out there … The question is locating it and bringing it to the surface,” Peter Sanchez, Atrisco Oil and Gas CEO, said Wednesday.
One well, drilled to about 8,000 feet north of Interstate 40 on the west side of the property, has come up dry. But Tecton and Atrisco have high hopes for a second well to the northeast where indicators show a good probability of natural gas, Sanchez said.
Work will begin there by late summer.