Companies Offer Money To Help Wildlife Habitat

Pinedale, Wy – Three energy producers are offering to
contribute 36 (m) million dollars to improve wildlife habitat and
preserve wildlife migration routes in the Pinedale Anticline in
western Wyoming.
The companies offered the money as the U-S Bureau of Land
Management crafts a plan based on their proposal to allow
year-round drilling on parts of the anticline. Currently gas
development is restricted by seasonal closures to protect wildlife
that spend the winter in the area and sage grouse that nest in the
spring.
Conservationists have voiced opposition to dropping the seasonal
restrictions, saying year-round development would disturb wildlife
even more than now and cause more air pollution, among other
impacts.
The 36 (m) million offer from Questar, Ultra Resources, and
Shell Exploration and Production comes relatively late in the
lengthy bureaucratic process.
But B-L-M spokesman Steven Hall said the agency still has time
to incorporate the companies' offer into its decision on their
overall management plan.