Eagle, Idaho – PETITION FOR THE SAFETY AND HEALTH OF EAGLE RESIDENTS
This petition for a protective city Oil & Gas Ordinance was written by Eagle, Idaho residents, who asked CAIA to host it on this website. Over 500 signatures, from the online version of the petition plus paper petition forms circulated in the Eagle community by hard-working citizens, were delivered to City of Eagle leadership in Feb. 2018. The Eagle City Council is now in the process of developing an ordinance, with appreciated input from the community.
(Many acres of gas and oil ‘mineral’ holdings have been leased by the State of Idaho to petroleum developer Alta Mesa within the Eagle city limits and the greater Eagle area, including under the homes of unsuspecting ‘split estate‘ property owners.)
THIS IS WHAT THE PETITION SAID:
“WE THE UNDERSIGNED RESIDENTS OF THE GREATER EAGLE, IDAHO AREA, in light of inadequate regulations currently in effect regarding oil and gas drilling & potential fracking in Idaho, hereby petition the Mayor and City Council of Eagle to fulfill their obligation, under authority granted by Idaho statute (LLUPA), to protect the safety, property values, water, air, soil quality and health of their constituents by passing an ordinance that protects all citizens.
“THE FOLLOWING REGULATIONS MUST BE PART OF THIS ORDINANCE: 1. A minimum 1500-foot setback from adjacent property lines for any drilling activity; 2. A multi-million dollar bond for each well drilled, to protect against any natural or man-made damage resulting from drilling, extraction and gas/oil processing; 3. A multi-million dollar bond to reimburse the City for all damage to roads and infrastructure; 4. Mandatory pre- and post-drilling water, air and soil testing of pertinent contaminants by an independent third party at the operator’s expense; 5. Non-radioactive tracer elements in all well treatments to identify the source of leaking wells.”
MORE ABOUT THE PETITION:
To protect city interests, emergency personnel and local citizens, we need a defensive oil & gas ordinance: Ask your city and county officials to learn from the experiences of other states’ jurisdictions and ensure that you are safeguarded against the costly losses that are common under new oil & gas development in residential communities.
Idaho’s “Local Land Use Planning Act” (LLUPA) gives cities and counties the legal right to protect their citizens with local ordinances that augment State rules, as long as local rules do not prohibit gas & oil development.
FOR SAFETY, WE REQUIRE:
- Minimum 1500′ setbacks from adjacent property lines for any drilling activity
- Petro drilling involves hazardous, highly volatile chemicals, gases and waste products that present major risks to public health and safety, property values, water sources, air and soil. Adverse health impacts have been documented as far as 2 miles from drilling sites.
- While protections for private residences and workplaces are critical, children in parks, playgrounds and schools, patients in hospitals, and the elderly in nursing homes and assisted living facilities are especially susceptible to the dangers of chemical exposure, fires, explosions and leaking toxic compounds associated with this heavy industrial process.(Operator Alta Mesa includes directional and horizontal drilling in their Fruitland applications, which can compensate for mandatory setbacks to avoid encroaching on surface properties.)
- Multi-million dollar bonds for each gas/oil well drilled
- Current State regulations require a meager $6,000 bond from operators to cover potential damages and loss of value to privately owned surface properties from drilling activities.
- Whether conventional drilling or fracking is used, gas & oil wells, industrial processing facilities and pipelines bring significant risks to communities and to industry workers. Specialized training and equipment is necessary for First Responders and ER staff to deal with toxic spills, well and pipeline explosions, and exposure to un-disclosed chemicals at oil & gas sites.
- Multi-million dollar bonds for road & infrastructure damage
- Robust road mitigation agreements are absolutely essential to prevent taxpayers funding the typical millions of dollars worth of damage to residential roads not designed for super-heavy industrial traffic.
- Idaho is the 7th most seismic state in the U.S. withoutgas & oil development. Earthquakes triggered by injection wells and other oil & gas operations can wreak havoc with susceptible underground formations, resulting in sinkholes and structural damages to buildings and other infrastructure.
- Pre-/post-drilling water/air/soil testing by an independent 3rd party at operator’s expense
- Drilling operations require massive quantities of fresh water from our precious, irreplaceable drinking water aquifers and irrigation systems, and all of that water used becomes permanently contaminated with harmful chemicals and radioactivity.
- Leaks, accidental spills, and intentional dumping of waste products from well sites are common occurrences in other oil & gas producing states. Establishing a legal record of pre-drilling water and soil conditions is absolutely essential for litigation of any damages that may result from these events.
- Non-radioactive tracer elements specific to each well site must be added to all chemical treatment and fracking operations
- These ‘tagging’ agents are the only means of identifying the existence and source of leaks that arise from well casings during drilling/operations and post-production plugging and abandonment.