Oil and gas leases are withdrawn over wildlife
"We want to take a look to see if what we're doing is adequate (to protect grouse) or if we need to make some course corrections in what we're doing."
- Greg Albright, BLM spokesman
Billings, Montana, USA - Federal officials said Thursday that dozens of oil and gas leases in Montana will be withdrawn from auction and pledged to look more closely at the environmental consequences of such development, particularly near the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.
The announcement followed vocal opposition from conservation groups and state officials who claimed the government's pro-energy policies threaten wildlife populations.