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How sage grouse eke by in Wyoming's carved-up coalbed methane country

New study shows expansive drilling fragmented and slashed into sage grouse brooding habitat in northeast Wyoming and proposes solutions.

Newly published research exposes the role gas drilling infrastructure played in shrinking habitat for northeast Wyoming's dwindling sage grouse population - and it also provides a blueprint to help the imperiled species continue to exist on industrialized landscapes.

In the Powder River Basin, a coalbed methane industry boom around the turn of the century brought with it some 30,000 wells, thousands of miles of roads, power lines and pipelines, along with scores of wastewater ponds resulting from drilling. Amid the disruption, sage grouse in this corner of the state have struggled, but they've...

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