Title 47, Mines and Mining
Chapter 3, Oil and Gas Wells – Geologic Information, and Prevention of Waste
Information on this page is specific to proposed statutory changes for Idaho Code Title 47, Chapter 3
At the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission regular meeting on August 4, 2021, the Commission voted to direct the Department to investigate statutory changes to recommend to the Commission.
The first draft text of proposed statutory changes was presented at the November 16, 2021 Commission meeting. The Commission gave oral comments and also accepted oral public comment on the first draft text. The Department accepted written comments from November 16-November 30, 2021.
The Department received oral comments from the November 16, OGCC meeting and five written comments on the first draft text. The Department will be reviewing those comments and working on a second draft text during this month of December.
Legislative changes are being considered to modify Idaho Code § 47-3. If this process is completed, these changes would be presented to the 2023 Idaho Legislature.
Initial focus will be on providing additional clarity in the following areas:
- Definitions: There are some terms defined that are not included in the body of the title. Conversely, there are some terms in the body that are not defined.
- Composition of the Commission: Are there changes needed to help us fulfill the regulatory role?
- Reporting requirements.
- Providing clarity when establishing “Just and Reasonable” Factors.
- Other items as needed.
|Draft Text - statutory changes||Date Posted ||Written comment period opens||Written comment period closes|
|Draft Text #1||11/12/2021||11/16/2021||11/30/2021|
|Comment submitted by||Date Received
|Stuart Grimes, City of Fruitland||11/23/2021|
|Betty Coppersmith, OGCC||11/26/2021|
|Doug Paddock, Idaho Organization of Resource Councils||11/30/2021|
|Michael Christian, Snake River Oil and Gas, LLC||11/30/2021|
|James Piotrowski, Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability||11/30/2021|
The Department is reviewing comments received on the first draft text and is working on a second draft text during this month of December.
08/04/2021 Regular Meeting – OGCC Meeting Materials
11/16/2021 Regular Meeting – OGCC Meeting Materials
Links to current rules and statutes can be found on the Rules & Statutes page of the OGCC website.
Information about the State of Idaho Executive Agency Legislation Process is available on the Division of Financial Management website.
For oil and gas related technical questions:
Mick Thomas, Division Administrator
IDL Boise Staff Office
For administrative questions:
IDL Boise Staff Office
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