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Research Article

Mapping Oil and Gas Development Potential in the US Intermountain West and Estimating Impacts to Species

  • Holly E. Copeland mail,

    hcopeland@tnc.org

    Affiliation: The Nature Conservancy, Lander, Wyoming, United States of America

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  • Kevin E. Doherty,

    Affiliation: National Audubon Society, Laramie, Wyoming, United States of America

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  • David E. Naugle,

    Affiliation: Wildlife Biology Program, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, United States of America

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  • Amy Pocewicz,

    Affiliation: The Nature Conservancy, Lander, Wyoming, United States of America

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  • Joseph M. Kiesecker

    Affiliation: The Nature Conservancy, Lander, Wyoming, United States of America

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  • Published: October 14, 2009
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0007400

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Future dimension

Posted by gary01 on 15 Oct 2009 at 00:26 GMT

I compliment the authors on the direction they take in looking to evaluate the competitive streams of developing the oil and gas fields. GIS mapping is the way to make connections, integrating the various profiles in a way that can provide dimension of competitive change.
I suggest greater detail is required on the levels of technology applied in the developments, and any reference to avoidence protocols. I also suggest we need biological evidence of biodiversity and species well being. Only such reference will validate the conclusions that are sought. Wonderful project... so much more needed.

No competing interests declared.