Otter appoints new members to Oil and Gas Commission

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. "Butch'' Otter has appointed Payette County Commissioner Marc Shigeta and Idaho Department of Lands Director Tom Schultz to the Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Committee.

Otter announced Thursday that he is accepting applications for three other openings on the recently restructured commission until June 1.

A newly enacted law ensured the commission included the Department of Lands director, three governor-appointed experts and a county commissioner. The commission will officially begin its work on July 1.

Shigeta was selected because he is from a region where oil and gas is being produced. Payette County is the only county that applies to the new law.

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