Trump Administration Loosens Sage Grouse Protections, Benefiting Oil Companies

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Friday finalized its plan to loosen Obama-era protections on the habitat of the sage grouse, an imperiled ground-nesting bird that will roams across 10 oil-rich Western states.

The plan, which might strip away protections for the bird on nearly nine million acres of land inside the West — doing the item easier for oil as well as gas companies to drill on that will land — was first detailed in a draft proposal published in December.

The sage grouse plan is actually the latest step in a series of moves by the Trump administration to promote oil as well as gas drilling on public land, in support of what President Trump has called a policy of American “energy dominance.” The architect of the plan, David Bernhardt, is actually a former oil lobbyist who right now serves as acting head of the Internal Department.

Mr. Trump has nominated Mr. Bernhardt to formally assume the position of Internal secretary.

“The plans adopted today show that will listening to as well as working with our neighbors at the state as well as local levels of government is actually the key to long-term conservation as well as to ensuring the viability of local communities across the West,” Mr. Bernhardt said in a statement on Friday.

“Balancing sage grouse habitat protection as well as economic development requires mitigation of negative impacts,” she said. “This particular agreement is actually a critical step that will marks a shift away via planning toward active conservation as well as landscape management to protect This particular iconic species. Oregon’s bounty is actually beautiful as well as worth continuing to protect as well as fight for.”