Idaho Gov. Butch Otter listens to a presentation by an Alta Mesa employee by one of its wells in New Plymouth in 2014. Otter in March 2017 visited Washington, D.C., seeking to give the state control of the EPA injection well program so the company can economically dispose of water it gets out of the ground during drilling. The state now seeks to pass that control to the EPA.
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter listens to a presentation by an Alta Mesa employee by one of its wells in New Plymouth in 2014. Otter in March 2017 visited Washington, D.C., seeking to give the state control of the EPA injection well program so the company can economically dispose of water it gets out of the ground during drilling. The state now seeks to pass that control to the EPA. Rocky Barker rbarker@idahostatesman.com
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter listens to a presentation by an Alta Mesa employee by one of its wells in New Plymouth in 2014. Otter in March 2017 visited Washington, D.C., seeking to give the state control of the EPA injection well program so the company can economically dispose of water it gets out of the ground during drilling. The state now seeks to pass that control to the EPA. Rocky Barker rbarker@idahostatesman.com
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Rocky Barker is the energy and environment reporter for the Idaho Statesman and has been writing about the West since 1985. He is the author of several books, including "Scorched Earth How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America," "The Flyfisher's Guide to Idaho" and "The Wingshooter's Guide to Idaho."