Idaho Weeks Away From Being Gas-Producing State

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho is just weeks away from getting a new title: oil- and gas-producing state.

Lawmakers and regulators for the last four years have been trying to prepare and earlier this year approved a bevy of laws and rules to keep up with the nascent industry made possible in Idaho with new technologies.

Idaho Department of Lands Director Tom Schultz says the state is now similar to other oil and gas states when it comes to fees and operational regulations.

Laws passed in 2015 requested by the state agency include making production records public, setting rules for cooperation among companies developing the same pool and setting application fees to cover the state’s cost.

Industry-proposed bills also passed. One gives state officials the option to exclude federal lands from a drilling unit.