President Barack Obama's administration plans to protect the greater sage grouse in the western United States by limiting oil and gas development and renewable energy in the bird's habitat, under a federal plan released on Thursday.
WASHINGTON — The federal government probably won’t have to list the greater sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act, the head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said recently, as Obama administration officials discussed their efforts to work across agency lines for the betterment of rural America.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — An Interior Department announcement Friday that it won’t list sage grouse as an endangered or threatened species opens the way for continued development of the West’s wind energy and oil and gas industries.
Those industries will still face scrutiny in sage grouse habitat but much less so than if the bird were listed.
March 05, 2010
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