The Carter County Commissioners will consider a permit for seismic surveys that will be conducted mainly in the southern part of the county.

A presentation about the proposed survey was offered by Bobby Holbrook, project manager and permit coordinator for Total Exploration Inc., during the commission meeting Monday.

The survey will be conducted by Continental Resources Inc. and will span 139 square miles in Carter, Love and Jefferson counties. The subject was broached in the new business part of the agenda.

Concerns over allowing a permit were offered because of road damage that has previously occurred as well as the nuisance of cables being strung through private property and county property where mowing takes place. Commissioner Kevin Robinson said previous seismic companies have made promises to take care of issues, but have routinely failed to do so. He said there have also been issues with companies failing to renew their permit after the previous 30-day permit has expired.

Holbrook said the proposed survey would be done responsibly, and that he would be on hand to deal with issues. He also said the surveys could be conducted off county roads per request of the commissioners.

Should the permit be approved, Continental Resources said it will be responsible for county road damage. Surveyors will arrive about the second week of February, and recording crews will arrive in April. Cables will run from northeast to southwest and will be spaced 1,155 feet between each line.