Legislator: 'Drill, Baby, Drill' Before Voting Yes for New Gas Rules

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It took the Idaho Department of Lands and stakeholders much of the summer of 2011 to craft new rules to oversee gas and oil exploration. But it only took one aternoon for the Idaho House Resources and Conservation Committee to approve the new regulations by a 16-1 vote, with Republican Rep. Dick Harwood of Saint Maries casting the lone no vote, saying the rules were too "overreaching."

If the measure passes through the full House and then the Idaho Senate, Idaho will have new oil and gas drilling guidelines, including oversight on fracking.

"Drill, baby, drill," said Republican Rep. Lenore Barrett of Challis Tuesday afternoon before voting yes.