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Eye On Boise archive for April 2011



'Fracking' rule adopted unanimously 

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…

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'Even Twinkies could be carcinogenic'? 

State Lands Department staffer Eric Wilson said it would be a broad restriction to ban the use of carcinogenic compounds from being injected into groundwater in "fracking" fluids. "I think even Twinkies could be carcinogenic if you eat enough of them," Wilson said. He said…

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ICL proposes amendments to 'fracking' rule

Justin Hayes of the Idaho Conservation League has proposed several amendments to the temporary rule on "fracking," or hydraulic fracturing, that's pending before the state Oil & Gas Conservation Commission. They include banning the injection of carcinogenic or toxic compounds into groundwater; banning horizontal well…

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The Idaho Land Board, meeting as the state Oil & Gas Conservation Commission, meets Tuesday to consider issues including spacing of gas wells and "fracking," or hydraulic fracturing. (Betsy Russell)

Gas wells, fracking issues draw crowd

There's a full house this morning as the Idaho Land Board meets as the state Oil & Gas Conservation Commission, to hear items including a recommendation from a hearing officer with regard to a spacing order requested by Bridge Energy, and a temporary rule regarding…

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MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2011

Of politics, power and brinksmanship... 

When lawmakers were considering the fate of Idaho's renewable energy sales tax rebate, a lobbyist for a major wind developer told them that without it, hundreds of millions worth of his company's projects in Idaho would be canceled. The rebate was killed by one vote…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2011

From left, Betsy Russell, Jim Weatherby and Steve Crump join host Greg Hahn on Friday's "Idaho Reports" program on Idaho Public Television, to discuss some of the fallout from this year's legislative session; also joining the discussion from Idaho Falls was Corey Taule. (Idaho Public Television / Kevin Rank)

Best, worst, or something else?

The conclusion of this year's legislative session has prompted widely differing takes on how it went, from Gov. Butch Otter giving lawmakers a grade of "A" to Senate Democrats' pronouncement that the session was the "worst in memory." On tonight's “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public…

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Popkey: 'Gov. Otter's comeback kid' 12 

Really interesting story from Dan Popkey in the Idaho Statesman this morning on "Gov. Otter's comeback kid," the new 30-year-old deputy chief of the Idaho Bureau of Prisons, Josh Tewalt, who rose to the $83,200-a-year position despite three DUI arrests and no college degree. Tewalt…

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Idaho congressmen split on spending cuts bill

When the spending cuts bill passed the House today, Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, issued a statement lauding its passage and noting that it includes his language to remove wolves from endangered species protections and defund the Department of Interior's Wild Lands initiative. “Congress has the…

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Gov. Butch Otter, at a press conference on Thursday, declares this year's legislative session "a very successful one." (Betsy Russell)

Otter: Session 'a very successful one' 10 

Gov. Butch Otter declared this year's legislative session "a very successful one," saying, "It was a successful legislative session for myself and my administration." He said if he had to give the session a grade, "I'd give em an A, I feel comfortable with that.…

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