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>> The greater sage-grouse may be in trouble. The Trump administration plans to roll back Obama-era protections for the bird in western states so that millions of acres can be opened up for oil drilling and mining exploration.>> To protect a threatened species.>> In 2015, under President Obama the Interior Department sharply reduced oil and gas drilling in 10.7 million acres of habitat to protect the bird.
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Which at the time was close to being on the endangered species list. But President Trump wants to reduce that protected area to just under 2 million acres. And open up about 9 million acres in places like Utah and Colorado for drilling and mining. Trump's Interior Department says the proposals reflect the interests of Western states that host the chicken-sized prairie fowl.
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>> I said is this.>> Morning, is that true?>> Last year, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke ordered a review of the birds' protections to, quote, ensure conservation efforts do not impede local economic opportunities. Sage-grouse eat and inhabit sagebrush, which is where their name comes from. They're believed to number up to half a million in 11 western states and Southern Alberta in Canada.
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