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Natural Gas Driller Wants to Release Nitrogen Oxide, Carbon Monoxide From Idaho Facility

Alta Mesa's permit request "projects emissions of approximately 12 tons of nitrogen oxide and 12 tons of carbon monoxide per year." Other emissions would include formaldehyde, benzene and toluene.

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Alta Mesa—one of Idaho's newest natural gas drillers—wants to emit, among other things, nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide at a proposed natural gas refrigeration plant in Payette County. Alta Mesa has formally applied for an air quality permit from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality to build and operate the facility.

According to the Independent-Enterprise, Alta Mesa's permit request "projects emissions of approximately 12 tons of nitrogen oxide and 12 tons of carbon monoxide per year." Other emissions would include formaldehyde, benzene and toluene.

Alta Mesa is hoping to build the refrigeration facility in New Plymouth, near U.S. Highway 30.

The Texas-based Alta Mesa has partnered with Idaho-based Snake River Oil and Gas to kick-start natural gas exploration in Southwest Idaho, purchasing a number of wells from Bridge Resources in 2012 after the Canadian-based company liquidated many of its assets in the wake of financial troubles at the height of its 2011 Idaho drilling operations.

A public comment period on the proposed permit runs until Thursday, Jan. 2. Members of the public can share their comments by emailing tessa.stevens@deq.idaho.gov or mail their comments to the following address:

Tessa Stevens
Air Quality Division
DEQ State Office
1410 N. Hilton, Boise, ID 83706