Permits mean nothing, cost about 8 cents per acre and are granted for the asking if you will pay the fee. On one of my spacings I have had permits granted, permanently cancelled, multiple permits granted, the spacing change hands, more permits granted and others cancelled, all with an excellent well just over the line. When do I expect them to drill? I don't. The present and previous operators have never sent me an offer to lease. From watching for the last 6 years, I know it's pointless to try to guess when that particular spacing will be drilled. I have some relatively low producing single wells in good areas, drilled between 2007 and 2010 with only 10 frac stages at lower pressures and what looks to me like a sub optimal propant mix. Alot of people should be glad they weren't the lab rat. Hang in there.