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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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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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Lawmakers question delays in energy lease sales

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BILLINGS, Mont. — Members of Congress from eleven states say they’re concerned about postponements to recent oil and gas lease sales. The lawmakers wrote U.S. Interior Department Assistant Secretary Janice Schneider asking her to explain the delays by Jan. 5. They cited postponed sales on public lands in Arkansas, Utah and Michigan. The effort is led by two Utah House ...

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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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