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Letters from the West

Letters from the West

Energy and environmental news from across the West

Idaho has become an oil-producing state

June 28, 2016 04:16 PM

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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."