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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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Lawsuits challenge limits on energy industry that aim to save bird

BILLINGS, Mont. — Officials in Idaho and Nevada and some mining companies sued the federal government over new restrictions on mining, energy development and grazing that are intended to protect a declining bird species across millions of acres of the American West. The cases are the first to contest the Obama administration’s declaration this week that it can protect the ...

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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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Mesa County says it may sue over Gunnison grouse listing

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The Mesa County commissioners say they might join other governments in suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for listing the Gunnison sage grouse as threatened. The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports commissioners approved a notice of intent to sue Monday. They say the listing wasn’t necessary. Officials say the notice doesn’t obligate them to sue but ...

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Colorado challenges decision on Gunnison sage grouse

DENVER — Colorado is challenging the federal government’s decision to protect the Gunnison sage grouse. The Attorney General’s Office filed a lawsuit against the Interior Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday, arguing that listing the bird as threatened was unwarranted. The state says the Fish and Wildlife Service failed to rely on the best available science, ...

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