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Researchers: Limits on drilling not enough to protect sage grouse

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Oil and gas development in the Western U.S. could continue to cause sage grouse numbers to decline despite limits on drilling meant to protect the struggling bird species, according to scientists. Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and Colorado State University reached the conclusion after examining the effects of drilling on greater sage grouse over a ...

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Interior Department touts efforts to protect sage grouse

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DENVER (AP) — A broad effort to save the greater sage grouse across the West without resorting to the Endangered Species Act is making progress, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Wednesday. “There’s some really good work going on,” Jewell said during a visit to a national wildlife refuge outside Denver, where she announced a year ago that the rare bird ...

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US takes key step to implement sage grouse conservation plan

A Greater Sage Grouse seen flaunting its tail feathers. (Image: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Flickr)

DENVER (AP) — Federal land managers have issued new guidelines that will help determine what restrictions are imposed on oil and gas drilling, livestock grazing and other activities in the West to protect the greater sage grouse. The guidelines released Thursday are part of a broader effort to save the distinctive bird without resorting to the Endangered Species Act, which ...

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Drilling begins in sage grouse habitat near Battle Mountain

CASPER, Wyo. — A Colorado oil company has begun drilling test wells in key sage grouse habitat near Battle Mountain after years-long resistance from local landowners and environmentalists. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that GRMR Oil and Gas began drilling the first of three wells Sunday in the south-central area of Wyoming. Earlier negotiations between GRMR and state officials resulted in the ...

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Can the sage grouse coexist with O&G?

Is it possible that the sage grouse and fuel development could be anything but at odds with one another? Insider Energy reports that an effort among several states may offer a plan from which everyone—fuel developers, ranchers and birds—can benefit. States in which the sage grouse has natural habitat such as Wyoming have been grappling with the bird’s pending listing ...

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Wyoming delegation backs bills against grouse protections

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming’s congressional delegation is supporting a legislative effort to block federal protection of the greater sage grouse. U.S. Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso are co-sponsoring a bill by Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado that would retain state oversight of the species for six years — regardless of an upcoming decision on whether the birds warrant protection ...

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