Idaho Gov. Otter appoints reconstructed oil and gas commission

Five people, representing stakeholder groups, will oversee the industry.

rbarker@idahostatesman.comJuly 11, 2013 

The Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, created by the 2013 Legislature, regulates the exploration, drilling, and production of oil and gas resources on private, state and federal land in Idaho.

Previously Gov. Butch Otter and the other four constitutional officers who make up the Land Board served as the oil and gas commission.

The Legislature created the new commission, made up of people representing different stakeholder groups. One is knowledgeable in oil and gas; one in geology; one in water; one private land or mineral owner in a region with oil and gas activity; and one private land owner without mineral rights.

Members would serve four-year terms, initially staggered and shortened.

The Idaho Department of Lands remains the administrative agency responsible for supporting the commission's work and implementing rules and statutes related to oil and gas exploration and production.

No date has been set for the first meeting of the new commission, said Idaho Department of Lands spokeswoman Emily Callihan.

The appointed commission members are:

• James Classen of Boise, a longtime exploration geologist and engineer, who will represent geological interests.

• Ken Smith of Boise, a retired executive with Petroglyph Energy, who will represent oil and gas interests.

• Margaret Chipman of Weiser, representing landowners who have mineral rights.

• Chris Beck of Hayden Lake, representing water interests.

• Sid Cellan of Soda Springs, representing landowners without mineral rights.

Rocky Barker: 377-6484

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