Sage Grouse Ruling Allows For More Oil Development

Law360, New York (March 5, 2010, 6:57 PM EST) -- In a boost for natural gas and renewable energy producers, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced Friday that the greater sage grouse warranted protection under the Endangered Species Act, but that listing was precluded by the need to address higher priority species.

The greater sage grouse, a ground-dwelling bird found in 11 Western states and known for its elaborate courtship displays, will be placed on the candidate list for future action, according to the DOI.

This will allow the federal government to provide financial and...
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