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Sage grouse study could affect grazing & drillling in Wyoming

Sage GrouseThe Casper Star-Tribune is reporting that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has warned Powder River Basin land users that a sage grouse study will affect drilling and grazing in the area. “Grazing, along with oil and gas development, could be affected most… Drilling plans not yet approved, grazing lease transfers and renewals, even ‘solid minerals’ such as coal, could be deferred.”

According to the article, “from 2000 to 2005, sage grouse populations amid coal-bed methane activity declined by 86 percent, whereas populations outside of coal-bed methane development areas declined by 35 percent.” Thus the reason for the study. A public meeting will be held on May 28, 2008 in Buffalo, Wyoming.

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