The City of Flagstaff has entered a memorandum of understanding with Desert Mountain Energy Corporation to allow access and seismic testing on Red Gap Ranch east of Flagstaff. The company will also explore for helium and mine on lands adjacent to the ranch. In the MOU, the city allows DMEC access across the ranch for “seismic testing only” using existing roads and other routes for up to a year. Data from seismic testing may be useful for evaluating water resources at Red Gap. The MOU also states DMEC’s desire to explore possibilities for helium exploration and mining if mutually beneficial. Mining of the rare and valuable gas would not require fracking. DMEC will share data collected during the process with the city at the conclusion of testing. There’s no word on when the process will begin. The city bought Red Gap Ranch in 2005 for nearly eight million dollars, strictly as a future water source for Flagstaff.