Citing Trump’s executive order, BLM considers leasing sage grouse habitat for oil and gas

When it comes to saving a chicken-sized bird once considered for an endangered species listing, the overlap of conservation and drilling for oil and gas can drum up conflict.

With the Department of the Interior reviewing sage grouse conservation plans and President Donald Trump’s directive to make energy development a priority on public lands, a renewed sage grouse debate in Wyoming is flaring up — and an upcoming lease sale in the southwestern part of the state may be the first battlefield. Read the article from the Casper Star Tribune.