Letters From the West

Natural gas drillers get permits from state for Payette County wells

A gas flare during a test of a natural gas well near New Plymouth owned by Snake River Oil and Gas.

A gas flare during a test of a natural gas well near New Plymouth owned by Snake River Oil and Gas.

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.

Rocky Barker is the energy and environment reporter for the Idaho Statesman and has been writing about the West since 1985. He is the author of Scorched Earth How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America and co-producer of the movie Firestorm: Last Stand at Yellowstone, which was inspired by the book and broadcast on A&E Network. He also co-authored the Flyfisher's Guide to Idaho and the Wingshooter's Guide to Idaho with Ken Retallic. He also was on the Statesman’s team that covered the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news in 2007. The National Wildlife Federation awarded him its Conservation Achievement Award.

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