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YVC: Fracking, Energy and Wildlife

Posted by Courtney Washburn at Jan 13, 2012 12:30 PM |

Read what our legislative priorities are for 2012!

YVC: Fracking, Energy and Wildlife

Idaho State Capitol. MB Whitaker photo.

The Idaho Legislature is back in session. Here’s the first of my weekly updates, Your Voice for Conservation (YVC). This is my seventh legislative session as the ICL’s lobbyist. I’m working diligently to cover a comprehensive range of issues—clean air and clean water—that matter to you and families across the state. You can follow what’s happening by going to our legislative tracker.

Priority Issues

We have several priorities for this 2012 session:

  • Ensure regulations for natural gas exploration. Natural gas has been discovered in Idaho, and drilling for this gas is believed to be commercially viable through a technique known as “fracking.” We seek to ensure that the state puts regulations in place that protect your drinking water—not an easy task—and we’re going to need your help. Read our thoughts about the regulations being proposed by the Idaho Department of Lands.
  • Prioritize energy efficiency. The least costly, least damaging energy source is the energy we already have. That means using existing resources more efficiently. We’ll continue working to create incentives for efficiency and evaluating new energy proposals, which is proving to be a challenge. An interim legislative committee spent the summer updating the 2007 Idaho Energy Plan. The good news is that energy conservation is identified as a top priority, but the plan fails to provide the needed policy guidance to ensure that Idaho is headed in the right direction on energy.
  • Safeguard Idaho’s wildlife. Idaho is home to more than 1,000 species of wildlife—from grizzly bears to golden eagles. We want to protect or restore our wildlife so that your children and grandchildren can enjoy Idaho's heritage. With your help, we’ll continue working to ensure that off-road vehicle laws are enforced. There’s an ongoing controversy regarding ORV regulation.

To receive these updates via email, sign up for Your Voice for Conservation. Also mark your calendar for our upcoming legislative reception Tuesday, Feb 21! Check back soon for details.


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