Payette County residents near Fruitland get hearing state hearing about compensation for gas rights

Alta Mesa says most signed lease
Posted at 9:42 PM, Dec 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-14 23:54:13-05

Compensation for mineral rights took center stage at the state capitol today. A new well is proposed to be built near Fruitland by Alta Mesa, a Houston-based company that claims $150-million invested in Payette County to date.

Alta Mesa says most people have signed leases and are comfortable with the terms: some reports say a representative for 5 families says the amount of money the homeowners will receive if the well goes in is a bad deal. 

Alta Mesa says it has leases for at least 66 percent in the proposed 640-acre area.

The hearing is reportedly extended to Thursday and the decision from state officials is required within a month.