Save a Chicken, Drill a Well

An experiment to preserve the habitats of the lesser prairie chicken might start in Oklahoma’s panhandle, where drilling rigs and nests collide. The plan calls for a stock exchange-style model, where drillers could purchase wildlife credits from ranchers.


If the chicken is listed as threatened or endangered, under the exchange plan, ranchers would generate credits by taking steps to protect the bird’s habitat, such as tearing out invasive juniper trees or letting land revert to grassland. To drill new wells or build roads, oil companies would offset the impact on the chickens’ habitat by purchasing these credits at auctions.
To drill new wells or build roads, oil companies would offset the impact on the chickens’ habitat by purchasing these credits at auctions.

Read more at: online.wsj.com


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