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Oil and Gas Drilling Plans Must Accommodate Grouse to Avoid ESA Listing -- Study

Projected oil and natural gas development in the West could significantly reduce greater sage grouse populations, according to a new study that recommends aggressive steps to shift drilling activity away from sensitive habitat areas. The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal PLoS ONE, is one of the few to examine drilling's effects on a specific species, and it comes as the Obama administration nears a February deadline to decide whether the sage grouse should be listed as an endangered species -- a move many believe would greatly disrupt the West's natural resource-dependent economy.Click here for the story from the New York Times