BP, Colorado wildlife officials reach agreement | The Associated Press | News | Washington Examiner

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BP, Colorado wildlife officials reach agreement

By: The Associated Press 06/03/11 7:10 PM
The Associated Press

The Colorado Division of Wildlife and BP America Production Co. have reached an agreement on lessening the impacts of natural-gas drilling on wildlife.

Under the agreement announced Thursday, BP will purchase private holdings suitable as wildlife habitat in exchange for drilling rights elsewhere.

Division of Wildlife spokesman Joe Lewandowski tells The Durango Herald that only willing sellers will be sought. He says the agreement applies largely to La Plata and Archuleta counties in southwest Colorado.

The agreement streamlines the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission permitting process by allowing energy companies to sign agreements with the wildlife division to address many drilling sites at one time instead of piecemeal.

BP will contribute $475,000 over the next six years for studies evaluating the effects of natural gas development on wildlife.

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Information from: Durango Herald, http://www.durangoherald.com

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