Federal land managers have approved an oil and gas project involving hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in a portion of northeast Nevada identified by state wildlife officials as essential habitat for the imperiled greater sage grouse.
Oil development is strictly forbidden within Theodore Roosevelt National Park itself, but park officials worry that the flares, lights and noise from drilling just beyond the protected area are sullying the natural spaces cherished by Roosevelt as a bespectacled young man in his mid-20s.
Oil, gas and coal production have boosted living conditions around the globe, and policies to effectively replace the fossil fuels “with inferior energy sources” could undermine those improvements, former Texas environmental regulator Kathleen Hartnett White argues.
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