Patterson Exploration Services began core sample drilling in Walnut Cove Monday afternoon, five days earlier than originally planned.
Chief Geologist Russ Patterson said the change in start date was a result of his company completing other core sample drilling sooner than expected, and noted that by moving the start date up it would give his company more wiggle room if they ran into any problems during the drilling process.
He said the drilling is expected to take between 10 and 14 days. Drilling operations will run from from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. or 7 p.m. everyday, including weekend days, according to Patterson.
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