Oil, gas project in NV sage grouse habitat OK'd

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Updated: 6/21/2014 3:15 pm
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Federal land managers have approved an oil and gas project involving hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in a portion of northeast Nevada identified by state wildlife officials as essential habitat for the imperiled greater sage grouse.
   The Bureau of Land Management signed a decision record earlier this month on Noble Energy Inc.'s proposal to conduct oil and gas exploration drilling near Wells in Elko County.
   Bureau officials say a study concluded there won't be a significant impact to the bird.
   Nevada Department of Wildlife officials think the bird can be protected through restrictions imposed on the Houston-based company by the bureau, including limits on construction activities during the bird's mating season.
   But the Center for Biological Diversity says the last thing sage grouse need is gas development in their habitat.
   The species is being considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act.
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nubgnngs42 - 6/22/2014 7:41 AM
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It's funny how people complain about industry doing something that has the EPA looking at every move they make. But when a bunch of "elitists" build houses and develop wilderness and then have bears, coyotes and other wildlife in their yards and houses, THATS OK? I guess when you build a house and destroy the environment that's fine with everyone.

fastd - 6/21/2014 5:11 PM
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I was just reading an article today about how in Pennsylvania, whistleblowers have come forward from the state health board and reported that they were directed to not address complaints from people who called in to report illnesses that started appearing after drilling started in their area.They were told to record them in a database,and refer them to another department.It was noted that health officials and other scientific investigations have been blocked in every state that has fracking.Because when you are doing nothing wrong the last thing you'd want is data to back that up.

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