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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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Federal oil, gas leases stall over bird concerns in US West

FILE - In this April 22, 2015, file photo, a male sage grouse struts in the early morning hours on a leak outside Baggs, Wyo. Concerns over a bird ranging across the American West continue to delay federal oil and gas lease sales five months after officials said they'd found a way to balance drilling and conservation. The Interior Department said it will defer the sale of almost 60,000 acres of leases in Montana as it works on policies to protect the habitat of greater sage grouse. That work is expected to take several more months. (Dan Cepeda/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP, File)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Concerns over a bird that ranges across the American West continue to delay federal oil and gas lease sales, five months after Interior Secretary Sally Jewell proclaimed the Obama administration had found a way to balance drilling and conservation. The Interior Department said it will defer the sale of almost 60,000 acres of leases that were ...

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Environmentalists sue for more rules to protect sage grouse

A male sage-grouse, a source of ongoing tensions between oil and gas development and environmentalists. (Image: Alan Krakauer via Flickr)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Environmental groups sued Thursday to force the Obama administration to impose more restrictions on oil and gas drilling, grazing and other activities blamed for the decline of greater sage grouse across the American West. A sweeping sage grouse conservation effort that the government announced last September is riddled with loopholes and will not be enough to ...

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US rejects protections for greater sage grouse across West

BILLINGS, Mont. — The latest on the decision not to give the greater sage grouse federal protections (all times local): 7 a.m. The U.S. Interior Department says the greater sage grouse does not need federal protections across its 11-state Western range after some limits were put on energy development and other activities. Tuesday’s announcement signals that the Obama administration believes ...

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Parks on board with Western Energy Alliance

Western Energy Alliance, a trade organization advocating for responsible oil and gas development, announced a new hire today. Tripp Parks, former counsel to U.S. Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, will join the alliance’s staff as policy analyst to navigate regulations and policies relating to use of federal land. Western Energy Alliance President Tim Wigley said Parks’ experience in government and ...

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