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  1. Vol. 39 No. 1, p. 53-62
     
    Received: Aug 4, 2009
    Published: 2010


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doi:10.4195/jnrlse.2009.0027

Sage-Grouse and Coal-Bed Methane: Can They Coexist within the Powder River Basin?

  1. Michael B. Duncan *
  1. Montana Cooperative Fishery Research Unit, Montana State Univ., P.O. Box 173460, Bozeman, MT 59717-3460

Abstract

Concerns are growing regarding the availability of sustainable energy sources due to a rapidly growing human population and a better understanding of climate change. In recent years, the United States has focused much attention on developing domestic energy sources, which include coal-bed methane (CBM). There are vast deposits of the natural gas within the Powder River Basin (PRB), Wyoming. A sharp increase in exploration and development of CBM in the region has led to a decline in the surrounding greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) populations in developed areas. This case study presents the issues surrounding CBM development and sage-grouse conservation within the PRB and provides instructors with online resources and classroom activities that can be used to stimulate and develop students’ active learning and critical thinking skills.

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