Alta Mesa Doesn't Want You to See All of Its Idaho Gas Drilling Application 

click to enlarge Several sections of Alta Mesa's drilling application have been redacted.
  • Several sections of Alta Mesa's drilling application have been redacted.


Texas-based energy firm Alta Mesa Company, which is already producing at six gas wells in Payette County, has submitted an application with the Idaho Department of Lands to drill at yet another site—the company just don't want you to know too much about it.

In the application, Alta Mesa Senior Regulatory Specialist Ronda Louderman requests Idaho officials "protect these documents from disclosure," citing "security sensitive information regarding critical energy infrastructure."

"Release of this proprietary information would substantially harm Alta Mesa Services competitive position because its competitors could use this information to their advantage in adjusting their techniques and operations," wrote Louderman.

The Ontario, Ore., Argus Observer reports IDL posted a redacted version of the application on its website.



The application indicates drilling, proposed to begin on Monday, Nov. 16, would take place on well Nos. 2 and 3, approximately 6.6 miles east of Payette City Hall. The application indicates drilling would be conducted at a proposed depth of 5,000 feet on property owned by the Simplot family.

Alta Mesa's application includes details on the proposed well and geologic diagnosis, but both of those sections have been redacted. A so-called "structure map" has also been blacked-out.
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