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US officials move to ease Obama-era drilling restrictions

US officials move to ease Obama-era drilling restrictions

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration moved forward Thursday with plans to ease restrictions on oil and gas drilling and other activities across millions of acres in the American West that were put in place to protect an imperiled bird species. Land management documents released by the Interior Department show […]

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Fires prompt sage grouse hunting ban in large part of Nevada

Fires prompt sage grouse hunting ban in large part of Nevada

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Destruction of sage grouse habitat by a series of large wildfires has prompted a ban on hunting for the game bird this fall across a stretch of Nevada that is nearly twice as big as the state of Delaware. The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners approved […]

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Forest Service proposes changes to sage grouse protections

Forest Service proposes changes to sage grouse protections

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is proposing changes to sage grouse protections in six Western states by eliminating special designations for crucial habitat as well as keeping areas open for mining. The agency in documents made public Wednesday also says restrictions on water development for livestock will […]

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Judge: USFWS illegally denied bi-state sage grouse listing

Judge: USFWS illegally denied bi-state sage grouse listing

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge says U.S. wildlife officials acted illegally in 2015 when they denied Endangered Species Act protection for a distinct population of “bi-state” sage grouse in California and Nevada. U.S. District Judge Joseph Spero ruled in San Francisco Tuesday the Fish and Wildlife Service ignored […]

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Lawsuit targeting oil, gas lease sales cites imperiled bird

Lawsuit targeting oil, gas lease sales cites imperiled bird

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Environmental groups are suing the Trump administration for selling oil and gas leases on huge swaths of Western U.S. public lands while allegedly ignoring policies meant to protect an imperiled bird. The lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court seeks to reverse lease sales across 475 […]

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