US rejects sage grouse protections, sidesteps oil and gas restrictions

11 western states home to Sage grouse BILLINGS, Mont. –┬áThe greater sage grouse, a ground-dwelling bird whose vast range spans 11 Western states, does not need federal protections, the Interior Department said Tuesday, following a costly effort to reverse the species’ decline without reshaping the region’s economy. The fight over whether to list the bird […]

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