Idahoans taking oil, gas protections into their own hands

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Here's an article from the Idaho Statesman via the Associated Press: By Rocky Barker BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Julie and Duke Fugate turned down repeated attempts by an oil company to lease the mineral rights to their 1-acre property here, where they moved from Oregon to retire. Then last September, Julie Fugate got a packet from the Idaho Department of Lands. It said Alta Mesa Idaho — the only company producing oil and gas in the state — wanted to force her and her neighbors to lease their mineral rights. The company would use a process designed to allow it to drill if it could get approval from at least 55 percent of the area's mineral-right holders. Fugate, a retired speech therapist, started going door-to-door, visiting 60 of her neighbors. She...

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Idahoans taking oil, gas protections into their own hands

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