Environmental groups to challenge FWS's lesser prairie chicken ruling

04/21/2014
Three environmental organizations notified the US Fish and Wildlife Service that they plan to sue over the US Department of the Interior agency's recent designation of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened—but not endangered—species (OGJ Online, Mar. 28, 2013). While the Mar. 27 final rule fell short of the endangered status, it disappointed Midcontinent oil and gas producers and others involved in a five-state environmental impact mitigation effort to make any federal listing unnecessary. FWS's first-time use of Section 4(d) of the federal Endangered Species Act to create exemptions so participants to join state-organized or other voluntary conservation plans is unacceptable, the Ce...
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