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The Latest: US considers mining limits to save sage grouse


              FILE - In this April 20, 2013 file photo, male greater sage grouse perform mating rituals for a female grouse, not pictured, on a lake ...

FILE - In this April 20, 2013 file photo, male greater sage grouse perform mating rituals for a female grouse, not pictured, on a lake ...

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on potential restrictions on mining in the West to save the greater sage grouse (all times local):

10:40 a.m.

The Obama administration has released five possible plans for limiting mining on federal land in the West to protect the vulnerable greater sage grouse, but it isn't saying which it prefers.

The proposals released Thursday range from banning new mining activity on about 15,000 square miles for up to 20 years to imposing no additional restrictions on mine locations.

The rules would affect land in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming.

Under all the options, mining-related projects already approved could proceed.

After a public comment period, the incoming Trump administration will decide which option to choose, if any.

Sage grouse live in 11 Western states, but their numbers are down significantly because of habitat loss.

The proposals are part of a draft environmental impact statement drawn up by the federal Bureau of Land Management. The document is available at http://bit.ly/2ic6DQn.

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8:30 a.m.

The Obama administration is releasing five possible plans for limiting mining on federal land in the West to protect the vulnerable greater sage grouse, but it isn't saying which it prefers.

Proposals to be released Thursday range from banning new mining activity on about 15,000 square miles for up to 20 years to imposing no additional restrictions on mine locations.

The Associated Press obtained the outlines of the proposals in advance.

The rules would affect land in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming.

Under all the options, mining-related projects already approved could proceed.

After a public comment period, the incoming Trump administration will decide which option to choose, if any.

Sage grouse live in 11 Western states, but their numbers are down significantly because of habitat loss.


Updated : 2021-04-18 14:30 GMT+08:00