Payette Votes No on Gas Compression Permit

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Bridge Resources, the Colorado-based firm that has drilled 11 natural gas wells in Payette County, heard something last night that was a bit of a rarity: "No."

Payette County Planning and Zoning Commissioners rejected Bridge's request for a conditional use permit in the company's effort to build a 13-acre gas compression site to send 50 million cubic feet to gas into a commercial pipeline. The site would draw and dehydrate gas from several exploration sites scattered around the New Plymouth area, pulling out approximately 30,000 gallons of water and up to 1,000 barrels of oil each day. The water and oil would be hauled out of the site on a semi-regular basis.

A Bridge spokesman said they were anxious to speed up the construction but the proposed truck traffic, noise from a compressor and a lack of engineering documentation gave the P&Z commissioners pause.

"We want to protect people in our community," Commissioner Farrell Rawlings told Bridge representatives. "For you to sit here and tell us everything is going to be fine is just a bunch of baloney."

Commissioners tabled a hearing on whether to rezone the site from agriculture to industrial and voted 4-3 to deny the conditional use permit.

You can read more about the meeting in next week's BW.