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2/26/2016 Update: IPC Bill Tracker

Posted on Feb 26, 2016

Four bills of interest to Idaho Petroleum Council Members have been proposed in this year’s State Legislature.

Links to each bill can be found below along with a brief bill summary, the scheduled actions and internal IPC notes.

IPC supports our members and the issues our members are working on.

Check back for updates.

  1.  Senate Bill 1339 – Oil and Gas IDL Process Bill


OIL AND GAS – Amends existing law regarding applications for permits or certain authorizations to drill or treat wells; to provide that the Department of Lands shall have specified responsibilities associated with spacing units and unit operations; to revise provisions regarding the integration of tracts and integration orders and to provide for the confidentiality of certain information; and to revise and to set forth provisions and procedures associated with rulemaking, complaints, application for orders, petitions, orders and appeals.

02/15  Introduced; read first time; referred to JR for Printing
02/16 Reported Printed; referred to Resources & Environment
02/22 Reported out of Committee with Do Pass Recommendation; Filed for second reading
02/23 Read second time; filed for Third Reading
02/25 Retained on calendar
Read third time in full – PASSED – 31-4-0

AYES — Anthon, Bair, Bayer, Brackett, Davis, Den Hartog, Guthrie, Hagedorn, Harris, Heider, Hill, Johnson, Keough, Lacey, Lakey, Lee, Lodge, Martin, McKenzie, Mortimer, Nonini, Nuxoll, Patrick, Rice, Schmidt, Siddoway, Souza, Thayn, Vick, Ward-Engelking, Winder

NAYS — Buckner-Webb, Burgoyne, Jordan, Stennett

Absent and excused – None
Floor Sponsor – Siddoway
Title apvd – to House

IPC Notes: Oil and gas IDL process bill — S1339 is sponsored by IPC member Alta Mesa. IPC supports the bill and submitted a letter of support at Alta Mesa’s request: IPC Letter of Support S1339 2-17-16.

On February 25th, 2016 the bill passed the Idaho Senate on a strong bipartisan vote of 31-4 after a two-hour debate.  Floor sponsor Jeff Siddoway told the Senate, “We need to support this industry. There’s potential here to build our economy. … Certainly we are obligated to provide a safe environment, clean air, clean water, for the citizens of this state, but this industry has been very unobtrusive.”

The bill now moves to the House side. (Source)


  1. House Bill 454 – PUC Dig Bill

UNDERGROUND FACILITIES – Amends and adds to existing law to create the Damage Prevention Board and to provide for its duties regarding the prevention of underground facilities damage.

02/09 Introduced, read first time, referred to JRA for Printing
02/10 Reported Printed and Referred to Environment, Energy, & Technology
02/17  Reported out of Committee with Do Pass Recommendation, Filed for Second Reading
02/18 Read second time; Filed for Third Reading
02/19 U.C. to hold place on third reading calendar until Monday, February 22, 2016
02/22 U.C. to hold place on third reading calendar one legislative day
02/23 Read Third Time in Full – PASSED – 54-14-2

AYES — Anderson(Carter), Anderst, Andrus, Bateman, Bell, Beyeler, Boyle, Burtenshaw, Chaney, Cheatham, Chew, Clow, Collins, DeMordaunt, Erpelding(Lachiondo), Gannon, Gestrin, Gibbs, Hartgen(Hartgen), Hixon, Holtzclaw, Horman, Jordan, Kauffman, Kerby, King, Kloc, Loertscher, Luker, Malek, McCrostie, McDonald, Miller, Nielsen, Nye, Packer, Pence, Raybould, Redman, Romrell, Rubel, Rudolph, Rusche, Shepherd, Smith, Thompson, Trujillo, VanOrden, Vander Woude, Wills, Wintrow, Wood, Youngblood, Mr. Speaker

NAYS — Barbieri, Batt, Dayley, Dixon, Harris, McMillan, Mendive, Monks, Moyle, Nate, Palmer, Scott, Sims, Troy

Absent — Crane, Perry
Floor Sponsor – Thompson
Title apvd – to Senate

02/24 Received from the House passed; filed for first reading
Introduced, read first time; referred to: Commerce & Human Resources


  1. House Bill 479 – PUC Pipeline Enforcement

PUBLIC UTILITIES LAW – Amends existing law to revise the maximum civil penalties for safety violations of pipeline facilities and gas transportation; to revise the factors to be considered in determining the amount of the civil penalty to be assessed or compromised and to revise the permitted use of the civil penalty or compromised amount.

02/12     Introduced, read first time, referred to JRA for Printing
02/15     Reported Printed and Referred to State Affairs


  1. House Bill 509 – Oil and Gas Data Bill, Idaho Geological Survey

OIL AND GAS – Amends existing law to provide that the Idaho Geological Survey shall preserve and use samples and records deposited with it, to provide for reports of determinations and identifications specific to the samples and records; to authorize specified uses of information derived from samples and records; to provide that the Idaho Geological Survey shall share certain information with the Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and the Department of Lands; and to provide for the sharing of records and information between the commission, the department, the Idaho Geological Survey and other state agencies.

02/16     Introduced, read first time, referred to JRA for Printing
02/25     Passed out of House Resources with a “Do Pass”

IPC Note: The Idaho Geological Survey Data Sharing bill was prepared by IGS in cooperation with Alta Mesa, the Idaho Department of Lands, and reviewed by IPC and the Idaho Mining Association. The bill passed out of the House Resources committee on February 25 and will move to the House floor for a vote.




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