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Sage-Grouse, Other Projects to Get Exemption From NEPA Review

April 30, 2020, 7:38 PM

The Bureau of Land Management will exclude some proposals for oil drilling, road-building, sage-grouse habitat improvement and other projects from environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act in order to comply with other laws, according to a proposal scheduled for publication Friday.

Broadly supported by industry, the exclusions will allow the BLM to approve projects that aim to protect species such as the greater sage-grouse. Environmental groups say the projects won’t actually benefit the birds.

The BLM is updating its NEPA implementation procedures in order to grant categorical exclusions mandated by the 2018 Farm Bill and the 2015 National ...

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