Conservation calculus

Huntington, Rebecca
August 2010
High Country News;8/30/2010, Vol. 42 Issue 15, p8
The article discusses the environmental impact of drilling a dense concentration of wells on 30,000 acres in the Jonah Field where Encana Corp. and BP America Production Co. paid 21.5 million dollars and 3 million dollars, respectively, to make up for that impact in Wyoming. It is said that the original goal was to make improvements on 90,000 acres outside. In 2006, BP hired Joseph Keisecker, a lead scientist with The Nature Conservancy, to create a method to guide Jonah-funded projects and measure results. According to Dan Stroud, Wyoming Game and Fish habitat biologist, he believes that without the fund, the widowed-lined creek through sagebrush uplands might have been covered with houses.


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