House Committee Passes Bill Stripping Local Authority on Gas Drilling


Following a full afternoon of testimony, the House Resources and Conservation Committee passed a package of gas exploration legislation Thursday afternoon, including a dilution of local controls. The vote was unanimous.

Suzanne Budge, executive director of the Idaho Petroleum Council, referred lawmakers to today’s Idaho Statesman, which featured a re-print of a Wall Street Journal report, offering a positive spin to the oil and gas industry.

“This is a very exciting development,” said Budge, referring to Idaho’s burgeoning gas exploration industry, which has its eyes on Payette and Washington county farmlands.

But Budge made no mention of Boise Weekly’s current February 8, 2011, report, Idaho’s Gasland Rules Debated, on February 8, 2011, which includes concerns from Washington County residents about one of the Petroleum Council’s measures that would give primacy on well permits to the state, stripping authority from county or local governments.

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(By George Prentice, Boise Weekly)

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