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Industry works to avoid listing of Lesser Prairie Chicken

The Denver Channel -- LUBBOCK, Texas - Oil, gas and wind energy producers are working to persuade federal wildlife officials not to enact protections for the lesser prairie chicken, a move that could force them to halt or significantly alter their operations to protect the species' dwindling grassland habitat.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold its final public hearings this week on its proposal to list the prairie grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

The chickens, which have feathered feet and a stout build, need large tracts of relatively intact native grasslands and prairies to thrive. But such habitats are being wiped out as wind turbines, oil derricks, ranches and farms are added.

Wind energy companies that expect to develop farms across the chickens' habitat began work on ha


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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 9:38:39 PM


Guy...we have!
HawaiianGuy
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 9:26:38 AM

Don't worry. The so-called "environmentalists" will come up with some reason as to why Oil and Gas production should not proceed in these "sensitive" areas.
LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 9:30:33 PM


Well said, I love it...Nsdp!
remay
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 4:53:52 AM

Bummer.
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 1:37:43 AM

BAN WIND FARMS !!!!
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 10:26:23 PM

Good eating.
nsdp
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 9:48:17 PM

If you look at the Google or Landsat images of the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles and Eastern NM you will find there is no problem if the wind farms are put on land already under cultivation. Prairie Chickens won't go near farm land so there is no real clash. Only reason there is a "problem" is who get s the royalty payment as a land owner. The big ranchers or the farmers. Just like the Lincoln County land wars with Billy the Kid and Pat Garret.

Can't believe how dumb (or biased)the people who write and post these stories on line are.

[Edited by: nsdp at 2/11/2013 11:50:40 PM EST]
ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 9:41:10 PM

Oh Man, another mess.
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 6:01:17 PM

move them
Double_Golden
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 5:51:53 PM

who cares about Lesser Prairie Chicken when we are pay big bucks at the pump...
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 5:47:47 PM

The Lesser Prairie Chicken has got to have its price. Start negotiations.
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 5:31:31 PM

At some point we need to think globally but act locally. We need to save ourselves first.
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 4:35:13 PM

From below-
"Forget that bird;DRILL & PRODUCE JOBS PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!."
"Stop killing jobs."

The Republican motto - as long as we're making money, who cares what happens to the environment?
If we're making money, it must be good!
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 4:28:56 PM

Stop killing jobs.
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 4:25:29 PM

What?
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 4:24:53 PM

there's always something to block, stop or delay a project
vrossi46
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 4:22:36 PM

what about the greater prairie chicken?
g747
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 4:22:06 PM

Forget that bird;DRILL & PRODUCE JOBS PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!.
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 4:20:32 PM

so because of some birds we might have to go with no lights and heat
same as do not drill for oil we have to save the polar bears and walk
right drill the bears and and shot the birds they will move away
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 4:19:37 PM

Let's see, Chicken, Humans, Chickens, Humans, Chickens, Humans....? Well Chicken is a very tasty bird and I can imagine Humans, not so much! I think we should put the humans on the endangered species list. : )
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 4:19:22 PM

All in favor of saving the little chickens.
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 4:19:07 PM

Oh, what would we ever do without them???
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 4:18:37 PM

Insanity!
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 4:13:35 PM

Omg
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 4:12:46 PM

bearzz: Agreed.
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 4:09:07 PM

It apppears the prairie chicken needs to move over and adapt to new neighbors.
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 4:08:38 PM

alrighty
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 4:08:30 PM

I don't know about this one . . . but so many "threatened species" protections have no common sense factors.
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 4:05:59 PM

hmmm
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 4:02:47 PM

good luck
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 3:58:39 PM

mycar2 says: there are other places they can build on

I am sorry to be blunt, but do you function as an independent adult? You drill for oil where the oil is, you build wind turbines where the wind is steady and common. Why don't YOU finance some turbines down in a valley where the wind is weak and rare or drill for oil where research says it is not located. There may be some vacancies at the EPA or DOE, you'd fit right in.
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 3:55:22 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 3:55:18 PM

Another example of tree huggers impeding progress and driving prices up!
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 3:51:40 PM

It really depends on who is paying the taxes on the land.

If you are paying them, then you should choose how the land is used.
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 3:51:37 PM

don'tcare about chickens
mycar2
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 3:49:30 PM

there are other places they can build on
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 3:47:11 PM

Oh please!
Need to get Colonel Sanders involved, with his eleven herbs and spices, and invite the Fish & Wildlife folks over for some fried (Prairie) Chicken!
btsom
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 3:45:46 PM

camel1 says: we need to protect the species but there have to be reasonable limits too.

Unfortunately, no thought is given to WHO decides what "reasonable" is. There are as many opinions as those asked. Thus, what SOUNDS like the most reasonable solution is, in reality, unworkable. You can bet that everyone in the EPA and the DOE all believe they are "reasonable". Few of us would agree. Defund them all and let's get to work.

By the way, the chickens can NOT co-exist with the wind turbines. Too many chickens will be killed when the flying birds killed by the blades fall on them.
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 3:43:57 PM

If we save the 'Lesser' will it become the 'Greater"?
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 3:41:58 PM

I am sick and tired of these environmental nuts trying to save species that are no longer suited to an ever changing environment. Environmental change and extinction of some species is a natural process that has been going on with living organisms for at least 3.3 billion years. Stupid idiots!
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 3:41:51 PM

at the end when they are done extracting oil, gas, minerals etc... the landscape will look like the movie "Mad Max"
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 3:41:18 PM

What's this have to do with the price of gas?
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 3:40:32 PM

Protecting these chickens must be considered for all development.
fatboy97
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 3:38:17 PM

Too much reading to get to the point!!!
slowtrain
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 3:36:22 PM

Surely they can build wind farms around a chicken.
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 3:34:53 PM

Wind farms versus the chicken, I mean the prairie chicken.

Want to save the prairie chicken?

Start raising them for food.
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 3:32:49 PM

Bring them to the U.P. of Michigan.
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 3:30:10 PM

i hear it tastes like chicken!!
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 3:21:56 PM

lower prices
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 3:21:49 PM

habitat? we don't no stinkin' habitat
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 3:19:26 PM

Interesting!
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