With no discussion or debate, the state Oil & Gas Conservation Commission, which consists of the governor, the attorney general, the secretary of state, the state superintendent of public instruction and the state controller, has voted unanimously to adopt as-is a proposed temporary rule on “fracking,” or hydraulic fracturing in gas well drilling, without any of the changes proposed by the Idaho Conservation League. Controller Donna Jones made the motion; she'd earlier tried to make the same motion before the commission had heard any of the testimony before or against the rule.
Afterward, Gov. Butch Otter shook hands with Justin Hayes of the ICL and told him, “Justin, thank you - keep an eye on it.” Hayes responded, “We'll try - we could use a little help.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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