Charlie Litchfield, Associated Press
Idaho lawmakers on a House committee have approved rules involving the state's nascent oil and gas industry.

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho lawmakers on a House committee have approved rules involving the state's nascent oil and gas industry.

One of the most significant rules approved Tuesday by the House Resources and Conservation Committee requires 55 percent of mineral interest owners in a given area to support a process called integration before drilling can begin.

The Idaho Department of Lands sought the change that will generally require more mineral interest owners to approve of drilling before those who don't approve can be forced into the process.

The state agency is also seeking rules to protect water quality and increase the distance between production facilities and structures.

The Senate Resources and Environment Committee is scheduled to consider the new rules Wednesday.