Sagebrush Country and Oil and Gas Country Can Coexist [Sage Grouse Conservation]

Western Values Project

[From a Greenwire article by Scott Streater, sub. req’d]  Priority greater sage grouse habitat in proposed federal grouse conservation plans rarely overlaps with areas deemed viable for oil and natural gas development and should have little to no impact on the industry, according to an analysis of the plans from a government watchdog group.

The analysis, conducted by the Western Values Project, was immediately criticized as “incomplete and misleading” by oil and gas industry leaders. Industry groups maintain that the sweeping federal directives amending dozens of Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service land-use plans to adopt grouse protections across millions of acres in 10 states would negatively affect fossil fuel development on public lands…


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