Friday, June 7, 2013

'Frack Attack' Protest Scheduled Outside Boise IDL Office Today

Posted By on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Following protests earlier this week in Coeur d'Alene and St. Maries on Tuesday, and Deary, Orofino and Kamiah on Wednesday, activisits will take to the streets outside of the Idaho Department of Lands office in Boise today.

In particular, members of Wild Idaho Rising Tide say that their so-called "frack attack" is aimed at IDL, asking the state agency to prevent fracking—the controversial proces of shooting high-pressured liquids and solids into the ground to enhance gas flows.

"It's a way to show our state government that plenty of citizens aren't pleased with how state lands could potentially be used, and also how our state water would be impacted by this drilling," WIRT spokeswoman Helen Yost says in the current issue of Boise Weekly.

However, IDL officials insist that its most recent gas drilling permit, from Texas-based Alta Mesa Services, includes no plans for hydraulic fracturing. But IDL does concede that nearly half of the currently completed gas wells in Idaho will need what it calls "a small frac[k] job."

"This IDL statement represents written proof that Idaho is about to be fracked in a similar, although smaller, way as the places most poisoned by this risky extraction method," countered WIRT's Yost. "On some level, we feel like we're being taken advantage of by the industry because our state officials seem uninformed about the consequences."

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