25 Nov 2015

Land Board Reaffirms Commitment to State’s Sage Grouse Conservation Plan

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Land Board Reaffirms Commitment to State’s Sage Grouse Conservation Plan

The information below was provided by Betsy Z. Russell from Eye on Boise. See the original here. Idaho’s state Land Board voted unanimously today to reaffirm its commitment to the state’s conservation strategy for sage grouse, despite differences between the state plan and newly issued federal land-use restrictions that accompanied the September decision not to list […]

11 Nov 2015

Otter: Sage Grouse Listing Preferred over Feds’ Solution

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Otter: Sage Grouse Listing Preferred over Feds’ Solution

The following news comes from Betsy Z. Russell of the Eye on Boise blog. It discusses Governor Otter’s comments on the recent changes to the federal land-use plan in the 11 Western states in lieu of Sage Grouse being listed as an endangered species. See the original story here. Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) […]

28 May 2015

Press Release: Governor Otter Puts Legal Authority behind His Sage-Grouse Protection Plans

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Press Release: Governor Otter Puts Legal Authority behind His Sage-Grouse Protection Plans

Governor Butch Otter issued an Executive Order on sage-grouse today. It adopts the Governor’s Alternative as the State’s Plan for sage-grouse management. The press release is below.   C.L. “Butch” Otter GOVERNOR NEWS RELEASE   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                             CONTACT:  Jon Hanian May 27, 2015                                                                                                                              (208) 334-2100 15:061   GOVERNOR OTTER PUTS LEGAL AUTHORITY BEHIND […]

24 Apr 2015

Idaho Oil and Gas Commission Approves Sage Grouse Plan

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The following news wire came from the Idaho Statesman. See the original here. BOISE, IDAHO — The Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has approved a plan for greater sage grouse on state endowment lands as part of the state’s effort to avoid a federal listing of the bird under the Endangered Species Act. The […]

18 Feb 2015

Otter Names PUC Attorney to Commission Seat

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The following article was written by Betsy Z. Russell. It was published on the Spokesman-Review Blog on Feb. 18th, 2015. The original can be seen here. The article is about the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (PUC) newly appointed legal counsel. Visit the PUC’s website. Gov. Butch Otter has named Kristine Sasser, legal counsel for the […]

13 Jan 2015

Otter’s 2015 State of the State – Sage Grouse

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Otter’s 2015 State of the State – Sage Grouse

Gov. Butch Otter discussed his proposed 2015-16 state budget in his annual address to the Legislature on Monday. One of the topics was sage grouse and environment. See below: Otter proposes the state spend $750,000 to help conserve sage grouse habitat in the state to keep it from being listed under the federal Endangered Species Act. […]

5 Aug 2014

Oil and Gas Commission Ready to Send Rules to Public

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Below is an article written by Rocky Barker. The article comes from IdahoStateman.com and can be seen here. The Idaho Oil and Gas Commission will approve draft rule changes Tuesday as Idaho responds to the continuing natural gas development in southwest Idaho. The public is going to have 21 days to comment on the rules, which […]

22 Jul 2014

Southwest Idaho Gas Drilling Now in the Hands of the BLM

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Article Source: Austin Hill at IdahoReporter.com View the original post here. On the same day that Gov. Butch Otter toured Idaho’s first-ever natural gas well in New Plymouth, the Boise division of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) held a public meeting where additional proposed natural gas drilling projects in western Idaho were announced. But a […]

19 Jul 2014

Congratulations to IPC Members Intermountain Gas and Alta Mesa for a Successful Event!

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NEW PLYMOUTH, Idaho — Governor Butch Otter and folks from the energy industry went out to Payette County Thursday to look at a growing field in Idaho energy: Natural gas. New Plymouth has the first commercial natural gas well in the state. The well, owned by Houston-based Alta Mesa, provides gas for the town of […]

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