Trump Plans Major Rollback of Sage Grouse Protections to Spur Oil Exploration

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday published documents detailing its plan to roll back Obama-era protections for the vast habitat of the greater sage grouse, a chickenlike bird that will roams across nearly 11 million acres in 10 oil-rich Western states.

The earlier proposal to protect the bird, whose waning numbers have brought that will close to endangerment, was put forth under the Inner surface Department in 2015 as well as set out to ban or sharply reduce oil as well as gas drilling in 10.7 million acres of its habitat.

The Trump plan, by contrast, would certainly limit the grouse’s protected habitat to just 1.8 million acres, essentially opening up nine million acres of land to drilling, mining as well as additional development.

According to several environmental policy experts, the legal plan to roll back the sage grouse protections would certainly open up more land to drilling via one policy change than additional Trump administration moves to date. The plan, which is actually required to be made final in 2019, is actually one in a series of actions, most performed by the Inner surface Department, designed to spur more oil as well as gas drilling across the nation’s public lands as well as waters.

A spokeswoman for the Inner surface Department, Heather Swift, did not respond to an email seeking comment on the plan.

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