Since my last note of May 11, more information has arisen regarding the activities of many large and smaller gas exploration companies thatare seeking leases in Kalkaska, Crawford, Charlevoix and Missaukee counties both before and after the May 4 Lease Auction. Landownwers are first offered leases with an up front “bonus” of pehaps $100, which if refused rapidly increases to several hundred dollars. Also information regarding the character of the play is appearing at various locations on the internet suggesting that the prospect, if successful could dramatically impact the financial character of the area.
I was asked to participate in a radio broadcast on Interlochen Public Radio – Points North – to discuss the play. It can be found at the Interlochen Website.