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Idaho Lands auctions oil and natural gas leases, attracts peaceful protesters

Protesters joined natural gas exploration company executives at an auction Thursday of oil and gas leases at the Idaho Department of Lands office in Boise. Two companies – Trendwell West, a Michigan firm with a well already drilled in Canyon

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Idaho doesn’t do fracking, but residents express concerns anyway

The term “fracking” has been turned into an epithet against everything people don’t like about the current natural gas boom that has echoed across the United States. It specifically refers to the practice of hydraulic fracturing, the process of drilling

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Idaho Power prepares to take its case for coal to the public

Idaho Power will make its case in November for investing $130 million in environmental upgrades for the Jim Bridger coal-fired power plant near Rock Springs, Wyo. The utility that serves nearly 500,000 customers in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon has

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Idaho Power reaches settlement to quit paying to cut peak power use for a year

Idaho Power Co. reached a settlement with irrigators and environmental groups that will allow it to operate its power plants instead of paying customers for using less power during peak periods. The settlement, which still must be approved by the

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