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 May 19, 2022 regular meeting, the Commission voted in favor of the sixth draft text to be presented during the 2023 legislative session. Department staff reviewed this draft for grammar and format. The Commission and Department fall under the Executive Agency Legislative System (EALS) guidelines. Following these guidelines, the Department completed and submitted the EALS Legislative Idea Form on June 23, 2022. The Department submitted the Statement of Purpose/Fiscal Impact form along with the final text Friday afternoon, August 12, 2022. An update was provided to the Commission at the August 16, 2022 regular Commission meeting.
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.
Statement of Purpose
In 2017, the Idaho Legislature modernized 47-3 to provide additional guidance to operators, mineral interest owners, and the state. There were significant changes to statute at that time. After five years of operating under these new guidelines, the OGCC is recommending some additional changes to provide clarity to stakeholders. These changes improve and clarify reporting guidelines for the operator, allow changes to the makeup of the commission by removing the Director of the Department of Lands as well as changing the technical requirements of commissioners to better reflect the needs in Idaho. The changes also clarify just and reasonable terms for integration. Building these terms into statute allow mineral interest owners to be made aware of these terms prior to integration as required by the U.S. district court decision CAIA vs. Schultz.
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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The Department submitted the Statement of Purpose/Fiscal Impact form along with the final text Friday afternoon, August 12, 2022.
08/04/2021 Regular Meeting – OGCC Meeting Materials
11/16/2021 Regular Meeting – OGCC Meeting Materials
01/05/2022 Special Meeting – OGCC Meeting Materials
02/15/2022 Regular Meeting – OGCC Meeting Materials
04/12/2022 Special Meeting – OGCC Meeting Materials
05/19/2022 Regular Meeting – OGCC Meeting Materials
08/16/2022 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.