The Idaho Department of Lands approved two permits to Alta Mesa Services to drill for oil and gas in Payette County.
The permits, issued June 11 and June 27 were for two separate sites. Alta Mesa, part of Alta Mesa Holdings, of Houston is a partner of Snake River Oil and Gas that bought existing wells drilled by Bridge Resources near New Plymouth.
The new sites are north of New Plymouth. The state will allow Alta Mesa to drill to 5,800 feet and 6,500 feet at the two sites.