Drilling Baby Drilling

Hey, what’s that Boart Longyear drilling rig doing down at 1st and University?  Even though my late-night couchbound googling could produce no confirmation, I’ll take a stab at it:  borehole testing for the deep-bore tunnel.

Meanwhile the bill that would fund the tunnel was approved by the Senate last week, and passed out of the House Committee yesterday afternoon.  Before coming to the floor for a full House vote, the bill now must pass out of the House Rules Committee, and House Speaker Frank Chopp has the power to essentially kill it there.  All indications are that the bill would pass a full House vote, yet Chopp has been skeptical of the tunnel plan.  Yup, the most powerful politician in Washington State.