Budd says rig activity is not shifting to core habitat, despite spikes in leases and permits. The rate of drilling there, however, has doubled.
Wyoming is challenging the Obama administration's signature climate change rule on the grounds that it'll hamper efforts to protect the greater sage grouse.
Wyoming could advance plans for a bigger dam at New Fork Lake, management of federal lands, and a lease that would enable development in sage grouse habitat.
Wyoming team recommends Gov. Mead revise greater sage grouse conservation protections, to prohibit drilling in winter concentration areas.
Gov. Matt Mead’s Sage Grouse Implementation Team tomorrow will consider whether to recommend extending core-area protection across a proposed gas field.