Idaho Anti-Fracking Advocacy Group, Preparing for Court Battle, To Hold First Fundraiser 

“Going up against a large corporation is expensive and we need support from the community."

click to enlarge ADAM ROSENLUND
  • Adam Rosenlund
Fighting City Hall or the Idaho Legislature is formidable enough. Taking on the oil and gas industry is even more intimidating. But on the heels of its successful push for more intense scrutiny of oil and gas exploration in the City of Eagle and Payette County, Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability is branching out from what has been a grass-roots effort.

“We saw what was going on,” said CAIA Board President Shelley Brock. “We had concerns [about] irresponsible drilling and fracking, unjust treatment of landowners, environmental impacts and public health, and decided to do something about it.”

In April, Brock and fellow CAIA members led a citizen-driven charge at Eagle City Hall, calling for more intense scrutiny in their community of any potential oil and gas exploration.

“Going up against a large corporation is expensive and we need support from the community,” said CAIA member John Seel. “Many people might not know, but there is drilling right now in Payette, right near Fruitland.”

CAIA’s next battlefront will be the U.S. Courthouse in Boise where, on Thursday, July 19, it will take on the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, arguing that Idahoans’ Constitutional rights are violated when oil and gas exploration companies begin drilling on private land without the consent of the landowner.

“A whole bunch of community members are banding together for this,” said Brock. “We’re all putting in the time, and it’s just amazing.”

Facing mounting legal expenses, CAIA members are also preparing to host their organization’s first fundraising event on Saturday, June 30, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Bridge Event Center in Garden City. A $20 donation gets attendees through the door for a full barbecue dinner and music from local blues/jazz band Mood Swing.

"My first thought when I first found out about the oil and gas exploration was, 'This is the richest, most powerful industry in the world and there's no stopping them,'” Brock told BW in April. "I saw my precious grandsons' faces and knew that I had to take a stand for them so they wouldn't have to fight this same battle in the very near future."
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