Natural Gas Drilling Threatens Rare Flower

By Marci Krivonen, Aspen Public Radio (, November 2011
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service added the rare Parachute Penstemon to its Endangered Species List this year. The tiny flower only grows on about 90 acres atop a high plateau in Northwestern Colorado, close to the resort town of Aspen. Fish and Wildlife officials say natural gas drilling, or potential development, is the greatest threat to the flower. In some areas, drill rigs are just 400 meters from the flower. Oil and gas industry officials say that listing the flower adds unnecessary regulations to an already over-regulated industry.

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