Idaho auctions land for oil and gas development

BOISE - The state of Idaho auctioned thousands of acres Wednesday for oil and gas development projects. A total of 4,462 acres were auctioned for the potential extraction of oil and gas. 

Most of the land auctioned belonged to the Idaho Transportation Department. They raised about $8,000 from the auction.

The state also raised $2,700 in additional fees, which will be set aside to benefit Idaho public schools.

But not everyone was happy with auction. Protesters say more oil and gas projects could be bad news for the environment.

"We take the gas out, the ground collapses you have earthquakes, that causes a lot of other damage. Water tables polluted, people can't drink their water anymore," said protester Bryan Cripe.

The state says stipulations were put in place for all the land auctioned in order to protect the environment, surface owners and other values.

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