seismic surveying signCrews are using seismic equipment to explore for natural gas and oil reserves in northwest Arizona. The presence of the apparatus without public notice triggered some unfounded fears in the community of Golden Valley. “All of a sudden they see these strange looking vehicles driving through their neighborhoods and they don’t have a clue what’s going on,” said Mohave County Supervisor Jean Bishop. She said some have expressed concern that they might lose their property through eminent domain if profitable reserves are discovered through the research.
The project is commissioned by the Alberta, Canada-based International Softrock Oil Company (ISOC). Chief Financial Officer David Pinkman said the harmless operation and research area covers some 70,000 acres of land leased from the federal government, state of Arizona and the private sector.vibratorsPinkman said four vibrator trucks and associated personnel are focusing their research along a 110 mile stretch down the middle of the project area stretching from Golden Valley to a location just north of the community of Yucca. He said the trucks send soundwaves deep into the ground and that measurements of the sound as it bounces back help scientists map subsurface geology, sometimes locating gas and oil reserves.Pinkman said on-site work will be completed in early August and that the $1.5-million exploratory effort should culminate early next year, producing data regarding the potential viability of natural resource extraction.

Pinkman said Philips Petroleum conducted similar “carpet bombing” research in the same area in the early 1980’s using explosives rather than soundwaves for exploration. He said natural gas and oil exploration in southwestern states was shelved more than 30 years ago when the industry tanked.