Fossil Fuels vs. Wildlife in Wyoming

(sheridan media file photo)
(sheridan media file photo)

(WY News Service) -- Two species in Wyoming, the sage-grouse and Wyoming Pocket Gopher, are listed on a report that link oil and gas development to declines in their respective populations.

Duane Short is wild species program director at the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance. He says the goal should be to keep the industry going while also protecting the species' health.

Short says that because of the long studies and documentation of sage-grouse and pocket gopher, the industry should use that along with technology to minimize their impact on habitats.

Short adds that oil and gas is important to the state, and taking such precautions will promote their longevity.

The report is titled “Fueling Extinction: How Dirty Energy Drives Wildlife to the Brink”. Public meetings are scheduled beginning Monday, January, 30 to discuss conservation measures.

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