Shale and Plants are Considered Under New Legislation

White River beardstongue

August 21, 2013

By Dr. Tyra OldhamLANDsds Sustainable Voice News

In the push for energy it is generally security, production and environment that are considered. The focus on wildlife are also an environmental factor in energy legislation. The focus on plants and vegetation are another aspect within the nexus of sustaining, producing and protections in the energy industry.  The impact of legislation from the “U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants protection for desert plants” considers the land around the shale boom.

Star Tribune reported, “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is on a collision course with another federal agency by proposing to list more than 100 square miles in Utah and Colorado as critical habitat for a pair of desert wildflowers, threatening oil production in an energy-rich area.”

“At 106 square miles in size, it encompasses five designated habitat zones. Overlapping that area are 23 square miles of zones the agency wants designated for White River beardtongue. Much of that land borders Utah and Colorado. The Fish and Wildlife Service believes the three zones hold about 11,400 plants.”

As shale pushes the boundaries of production lands that are placed in the belts or the pipelines will comprise vegetation and wildlife. The considerations for these species will foster new protections and legislation for the survival of these plants. It is not news to hear of the plants along the pipelines but in consideration of environment and energy there is a clear calculable nexus of cost.

This is why the “The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has authorized the same public lands for development of oil shale, a greasy rock that contains fossilized algae. Petroleum companies are trying to extract this primitive form of oil in parts of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.” The other side of the coin is the conservation of “The two plants, Graham’s beardtongue and the White River beardtongue, thrive on oil-shale outcrops, which are rich in calcium carbonate, a plant nutrient.”

The U.S. Wildlife “for Graham’s beardtongue, the agency wants to designate a section of land 80 miles long and six miles wide as critical habitat for an estimated 6,200 plants — right through the heart of oil-shale country.”

Now consider, that states Department of Natural Resources contain oil and gas, wildlife and more. The interest is to produce and protect under one conservation mind.

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