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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Birds found dead in oil drilling tank

There are many reasons that gas & oil drilling are harmful to birds as well as other wildlife (impacts of noise and movement, destruction of habitat, etc) and now another has been found. Though the birds in this story were found in Kansas, they noted that birds have been found in northern Colorado drilling tanks and there is gas & oil drilling happening in SE Colorado (in fact, the BLM just sold drilling leases for parcels that include Lesser Prairie-Chicken habitat)

Excerpted from Denver Post article, Birds falling prey to drilling boom, by Kim McGuire on 11-20-06:

"As federal wildlife agents began checking inside heater treaters across the
country, they found hundreds of carcasses - owls, meadowlarks, starlings and
other birds. . . It told us we had a national problem on our hands," said James Hampton, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agent based in Denver."

Read the full article.


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