Concerned Eagle citizens fight for city ordinance to protect from oil and gas drilling
EAGLE, Idaho (KBOI) —
The Eagle City Council is taking input on how to best regulate oil and gas drilling in the city.
For now, there are no plans for any drilling, but residents say they have reason to worry and addressed city council with in force Tuesday night. The council room at Eagle City Hall was packed with concerned citizens.
One Eagle resident tells KBOI 2, by law citizens can't prohibit the drilling, but they need an ordinance in place to regulate it to help protect property and public health.
Alta Mesa, an oil and gas drilling company here in Idaho, has leased mineral rights in the city of Eagle but has no plans to drill.
But in case they do decide to drill, people in Eagle say they are fighting for a city ordinance to safeguard water and air quality and their property values.
Shelly Brock, president of Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability, says oil and gas operations all over the nation are historically very dangerous.
“There are just a lot of risks that come with this activity and we just want to make sure that we have really good setbacks from drilling and infrastructure,” Brock said.
In February, Fruitland city council approved an ordinance creating a 1,200 ft. buffer zone for oil drilling from homes, churches, water sources and canals.
Fruitland residents are now on-board with Eagle in seeking an even stronger ordinance in the city of Eagle.
No representative from Alta Mesa was present at Tuesday night's meeting.