BLM stays course in Wyoming gas patch despite mule deer decline March 21, 2011 Population

BLM stays course in Wyoming gas patch despite mule deer decline  March 21, 2011 Population  High Country News  by Mark Gocke 

Mule deer wintering near Pinedale, Wyo., rely on the sagebrush habitat of the Mesa, a 300-square-mile plateau between the Green and New Fork rivers. Part of the Pinedale Anticline natural gas field, where nearly 2000 wells have been ... in 2008, the BLM permitted 4,399 more wells and lifted the winter drilling restrictions imposed in 2000, in exchange for measures that would "afford superior crucial winter range," such as directional drilling and concentrated phased development, which clusters wells to reduce habitat disturbance.

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