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  • Puny mouse threatens to delay Colorado flood recovery

    02/06/2014 12:44:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12:33 PM 02/05/2014 | Greg Campbell
    Colorado Republican Rep. Cory Gardner is demanding an emergency waiver from the Endangered Species Act for a species of mouse that threatens to delay flood recovery in Colorado. The Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse is a threatened species under the ESA, meaning that any governmental action—such as flood recovery—must first consider potential impacts on the tiny animal’s habitat, even if that habitat was also destroyed in the flood that wiped out entire Colorado communities in September. On Monday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency sent a notice to Colorado officials that the presence of the mouse in the flood zone “may cause...
  • 17 animals scientists want to bring back from extinction [ Endangered Species Act dies too! ]

    03/27/2013 1:17:05 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 40 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | March 27 2013 | foxnews.com
    It's called "de-extinction," the act of bringing an extinct animal back to life by reassembling its genome and injecting it into embryonic cells. After that, it's the simple matter of finding a surrogate.
  • VITTER: Endangered Species Act’s hidden costs

    02/08/2013 9:06:39 AM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 8, 2013 | Sen. David Vitter
    Respect for private property at riskAt least you have to give President Obama high marks for creativity in his latest attempt to curtail freedom and individual rights. Specifically, I’m talking about Mr. Obama’s assault on private property rights through the abuse of the Endangered Species Act. I strongly support protecting endangered species. No one I know wants to see a species go anywhere near extinction. The far-left environmentalists in the Obama administration, however, have gone way beyond this by settling litigation with their allies in environmental groups behind closed doors. Through these secret settlements, they are advancing a much more...
  • Spider halts highway project - Lefties cheer

    09/13/2012 7:44:40 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    September 13, 2012
    A rare spider has caused a San Antonio highway construction project to be shut down - because of the Endangered Species Act. People on our side of the fence are properly upset. Here are a couple threads: Blind Spider Discovery Halts Development Of Texas HighwayRare spider found in Texas shuts down $15M million construction project Needless to say, the neo-Marxist freaks on the other side are overjoyed. I found an article at The Huffington Post. I scrolled down to read the comments and almost threw up: Wow.....I cannot believe that they are doing that.......It is great........ Oh, man, I can...
  • Meet The ‘Endangered’ Critter That Could Halt A Fifth Of America’s Oil Production

    05/03/2011 5:21:51 AM PDT · by WFTR · 25 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 3, 2011 | Christopher Helman
    The dune sagebrush lizard is a 3-inch critter that lives only among stands of shinnery oak, which itself is a somewhat rare tree that lives only in the sandy soil on something like 4 million acres spread between Roswell, New Mexico and Midland, Texas. The area around Midland is known as the Permian Basin, and is one of the oldest and most prolific crude oil regions in North America.
  • A Line in the Sand (NM ESA Lizard Listing)

    04/29/2011 11:38:07 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 5 replies · 1+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | April 29, 2011 | Rene Romo
    ROSWELL — About 400 opponents of the federal government's proposed listing of the dunes sagebrush lizard as an endangered species delivered a full-throated protest at a rally here in the hour before a Fish and Wildlife Service public hearing on the plan. "Enough is enough," shouted New Mexico Rep. Steve Pearce, a headliner at the rally organized by oil industry employees, concerned citizens and officials of area chambers of commerce. Several speakers, including Pearce, asserted that the years long effort by conservationists to have the dunes sagebrush lizard, also known as the sand dune lizard, listed as an endangered species...
  • Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson speaks out regarding the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard controversy

    04/28/2011 10:23:44 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 12 replies
    Midland Reporter-Telegram - My West Texas ^ | April 27, 2011 | Jerry Patterson
    Tx Lands Commish Jerry Patterson opens with a few jokes before diving straight into the meat of the debate over whether a possible listing of the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard on the federal Endangered Species List would put an end to oil drilling in West Texas. Recorded April 26, 2011 at a Permian Basin Petroleum Associated rally at the Midland Center in downtown Midland, Texas.
  • Endangered listing of lizard may shut down Texas oil

    04/27/2011 7:05:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/27/2011 | Greg Halvorson
    You can't make this up.  First, a Spotted Owl destroyed the timber industry of the Pacific Northwest, then a minnow turned the most productive agricultural land in the world into a dustbowl, and now, as energy prices spike and the economy sputters, they're going after Texas with a scurrilous reptile.    Specifically, the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard.  That's the latest more-important-than-people critter being used to lock-up resources in the name of planet Earth.  The drilling moratorium didn't cause enough pain, so onto the Endangered Species Act - known at the Sierra Club as "Ol' Reliable" - to make certain Texas has...
  • Will A Lizard Stop West Texas Oil?

    04/27/2011 4:05:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 27, 2011 | Staff
    Species: After the harm done by the spotted owl and delta smelt, the listing of a tiny reptile as endangered may be the latest salvo in the war on domestic energy. As Yogi Berra would say, it's deja vu all over again. If the dunes sagebrush lizard is listed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as an endangered species, another key part of the American economy will fall prey to the eco-extremist mantra that every little critter's well-being trumps that of the American people and economy. Last December, the Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the lizard, a three-inch-long...
  • Will oil industry become an endangered species in West Texas? (Meet the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard)

    04/27/2011 10:20:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/27/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    It might, if the US Fish and Wildlife Service puts the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard on the endangered-species list. USFWS has an open period for public comment at the moment on the proposal, which if adopted could force oil companies in West Texas and New Mexico to close up shop. The industry argues that USFWS is relying on bad data and faulty methodology: A three-inch lizard that thrives in desert conditions could shut down oil and gas operations in portions of Southeast New Mexico and in West Texas, including the state’s top two oil producing counties.Called the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard, it...
  • Lizard Listing at Center of Debate

    04/27/2011 10:24:25 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 12 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | April 27, 2011 | Rene Romo
    LAS CRUCES — A short, drab lizard is creating quite a dustup in the state's oil patch. Rallies. YouTube videos. Resolutions. At issue is whether the dunes sagebrush lizard should be added to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service endangered species list. "Most of the oil and gas jobs in southeast New Mexico are at risk," says New Mexico Rep. Steve Pearce, who will headline a rally in Roswell on Thursday to oppose the lizard's potential listing. "Irresponsible, unbalanced overregulation limits the amount of energy produced, which kills jobs, causes severe budget problems in the state, and increases costs to...
  • Lizard regulations could jeopardize local economy(Enviros try to shut down NM O&G)

    04/21/2011 7:28:46 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 17 replies
    Artesia Daily Press ^ | April 20, 2011 | Artesia Daily Press
    Congressman Steve Pearce, R-N.M., will be attending a rally opposing the listing of the Sand Dune Lizard as an endangered species with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service in Artesia today [Wednesday]. If listed, regulations may be invoked to conserve the lizard’s habitat; regulations posing potentially devastating effects on oil and gas industry operations within or near the lizard’s habitat. The Sand Dune Lizard is listed as Endangered by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, and has been a candidate species for listing under the Endangered Species Act by the SUFWS since 2001. Threats to the lizard...
  • Dems' Climate Change Power Grab Hidden in Spending Bill

    03/04/2009 5:22:18 AM PST · by kellynla · 24 replies · 833+ views
    humanevents.com ^ | 03/04/2009 | Rep. Doc Hastings
    Using a massive $410 billion spending bill as a cloak, Democrat leaders in Congress have been caught attempting to create almost limitless new federal powers to regulate climate change without any public notice, public comment, or public debate. The provision slipped into this bill would allow the Department of Interior to regulate all greenhouse gas emissions across the entire country based on the listing of the polar bear as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Democrats are distorting the intention of the ESA to give the federal government vast new climate change powers, and are trying to do it...
  • Fox and Friends features Cal. landowner who can’t use his land due to beetle regulations

    09/24/2010 5:35:10 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 25 replies
    Pacific Legal Foundation ^ | Sep 24, 2010 | Pacific Legal Foundation
    This week, “Fox & Friends,” Fox News Channel’s nationally broadcast morning show, interviewed Pacific Legal Foundation client Bob Slobe, a Sacramento businessman who is barred from using his own property because of oppressive and unjustified federal environmental regulations. The case is Yolo County Farm Bureau v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Watch the interview. http://tinyurl.com/23l9gjr Says PLF attorney Brandon Middleton: “California’s unemployment is the highest in decades, and Bob Slobe wants to put people to work, building an office structure on his Sacramento property. But thanks to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, he can’t. His land has been...
  • Fiorina's Prospects? Just Add Water

    09/17/2010 5:37:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 17, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Politics: Might California's Central Valley, long treated as a environmental-policy dumping ground by Democrats, end up a change agent in election 2010? New polls there show a collapse in Sen. Barbara Boxer's prospects. The Senate race in California has gotten far tighter in the past month, with the Real Clear Politics poll average showing Boxer, the entrenched incumbent, leading her opponent, Republican Carly Fiorina, by just 1.4 points. The latest Rasmussen poll has Boxer up by 2. A month ago she was up by 5, and a month before that by 7. Much of the tightening has come in the...
  • Feds say protecting endangered toad could cost $789 million over 25 years

    07/10/2010 5:45:55 AM PDT · by goron · 26 replies
    press enterprise ^ | July 8, 2010 | JANET ZIMMERMAN
    Habitat protection for the endangered arroyo toad, which lives along slow-moving pools and sandy streams in Southern California, would cost $789 million over 25 years, according to a new analysis by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Most of the costs are expected to occur in new development, primarily in San Diego County, the study shows. The analysis also considered losses from grazing, mining, road construction and utility projects, and possible prices increases for water customers. The financial study was required as part of the agency's proposed designation of 112,765 acres as critical habitat for the small, buff-colored toad with...
  • Buying Votes With Water

    03/18/2010 5:21:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies · 1,413+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 18, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Politics: The water spigots are back on, at least temporarily, in California's Central Valley. Turned off to protect a tiny fish, they happen to be in the districts of two congressmen "undecided" on health care reform. One could chalk it up to good fortune or just good constituent service. But in the middle of a contentious health care debate marked by Cornhusker Kickbacks and Louisiana Purchases, we may be forgiven if we find an announcement by the Department of the Interior regarding California's water supply a tad too coincidental. On Tuesday, the Department of the Interior announced it was increasing...
  • ($25 Mil To Move 25 Tortoises) 'Million Dollar Tortoises' Shed Light On State's Environmental Laws

    12/29/2009 11:18:32 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 26 replies · 1,471+ views
    The San Bernardino Sun ^ | December 28, 2009 | James Rufus Koren
    'Million dollar tortoises' shed light on state's environmental laws James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer 12/28/2009 They might be the most expensive tortoises to walk the San Bernardino County desert. A northern California energy company will pay $25 million to relocate and protect 25 threatened desert tortoises before it can start building a massive solar power plant in the northeastern part of the county near the Nevada border. And while calculating the environmental impact is more complicated than saying "$1 million per tortoise," the case illustrates the tremendous complexity - and high cost - of environmental laws that come into play...
  • Foolishly Choosing Bears Over Barrels

    10/26/2009 5:25:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 826+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 26, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Ecology: The administration creates the mother of all protected habitats for a species whose numbers have increased since Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth." It's our hopes for energy independence that are drowning. When filmmaker Phelim McAleer, whose documentary "Not Evil Just Wrong" takes apart the myths of global warming, got to ask Gore a question at the annual conference of the Society of Environmental Journalists, McAleer brought up the nine critical errors in Gore's film "An Inconvenient Truth." A British court two years ago listed them and said they must be righted before the film could be shown in schools...
  • Environment a casualty of immigration war (Good read, long)

    10/24/2009 2:09:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies · 1,018+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 25, 2009 | Stephen Dinan
    BUENOS AIRES N.W.R., Arizona | Michael M. Hawkes, manager of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, reaches across his desk and pulls out a homemade blue-and-red bumper sticker that reads, "Littering is always a crime." It turns out that here on the U.S.-Mexico border, even that is a controversial statement — because it's aimed at the humanitarian groups that drop gallon jugs of water on public lands to help illegal immigrants crossing the rugged borderlands. Mr. Hawkes says dealing with those groups now takes up most of his time, and it only builds on top of the pile of other...
  • Taxes fund environmental suits - Environmental law firms reap billions in fees to fund lawsuits

    10/18/2009 4:46:46 PM PDT · by girlangler · 42 replies · 2,202+ views
    The Capital Press ^ | 10/15, 2009 | Mitch Lies
    Taxes fund environmental suits - Environmental law firms reap billions in fees to fund lawsuits October 15, 2009 The federal government has paid out billions of dollars to environmental groups for attorney fees and costs, according to data assembled by a Cheyenne, Wyoming, lawyer. Karen Budd-Falen of Budd-Falen Law Offices [main@buddfalen.com or 307-632-5105] said the government between 2003 and 2007 paid more than $4.7 billion in taxpayer money to environmental law firms -- and that's just in the lawsuits she tracked. The actual figure, she said, is far greater. "I think we only found that the iceberg exists," she said....
  • Fish Vs. Farmers

    09/25/2009 5:23:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies · 2,148+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 25, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Delta smelts: Preferred over humans. Environmentalism: Sen. Dianne Feinstein votes to deny water to California's drought-stricken San Joaquin Valley. Farmers, families and food are being held hostage to an endangered fish called the delta smelt.There was a time when the San Joaquin Valley was the most productive agricultural region in the world. It was a large part of what made the Golden State golden.Now it's a place where farmers no longer farm, but instead line up at food banks to feed the families of those who once fed the rest of the country and a good chunk of the...
  • My advise to the Farmers in the San Joaquin Valley - TURN YOUR WATER ON!

    09/17/2009 8:26:34 PM PDT · by Jeff Head · 265 replies · 8,144+ views
    JEFFHEAD.COM ^ | September 17, 2009 | Jeff Head
    Here we go again. I was watching Sean Hannity tonight (9/17/2009), and have been following loosely the situation in the San Joaquin Valley of California with their water crisis over the small Delta Smelt minnow and its endangered species listing. The Farmers have water rights to that water. There is no legal water rights for that water for a minnow over the farmers. There is only a manufactured judicial legal decision by liberal judges based on junk science and the whims of administrators and bureaucrats that create these incidents based on the Endangered Species Act and a rabid environmental...
  • "Nudging" America to Give Up Meat

    09/05/2009 3:47:23 PM PDT · by Still Thinking · 54 replies · 3,216+ views
    ConsumerFreedom.com ^ | September 3, 2009
    The number of animals and plants protected by the federal Endangered Species Act is about to increase dramatically. For Cass Sunstein, radical animal-rights activist and nominee for the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) Administrator job, that means he will be better positioned than ever to make livestock farming a thing of the past.How are the two things connected? Our director of research appeared on the Fox News Channel yesterday to explain to Glenn Beck’s audience how much influence Sunstein may soon have over what we eat: Cattlemen in this country own and manage most of the lands...
  • Hannity covers the manmade drought disaster in central California

    05/10/2009 5:54:42 AM PDT · by Crazieman · 43 replies · 2,825+ views
    FoxNews/Hannity ^ | 5/8/09 | Hannity
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Twd59PrqCNg
  • The New Landlord

    11/15/2008 9:01:29 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 2 replies · 442+ views
    American Spectator ^ | November 14, 2008 | Bill Croke
    The United States Department of the Interior oversees 507 million acres -- mostly in the West -- of national parks, national monuments, wildlife refuges, Indian reservations, and rangelands. Through its Bureau of Reclamation, it maintains over 600 dams with reservoirs that provide water and hydropower to 30 million Westerners, and irrigates 60% of the vegetables grown in America. Almost 70% of the nation's oil and gas reserves are found on Bureau of Land Management administered lands, also under the purview of the Interior Department. ... Speaking of the green-sainted Babbitt, we may see a return to the bad old '90s,...
  • Bush rushes to gut Endangered Species Act

    08/19/2008 3:52:58 PM PDT · by SJackson · 24 replies · 92+ views
    Capital Times ^ | 8-19-08 | Bill Berry
    Bill Berry — 8/19/2008 5:18 am It's not yet Labor Day, and those of us who still adhere to old-school election rituals are pledged to keep politics at arm's length until we get past the last barbecue. So let's refrain from asking that old crowd stopper, "Are you better off today than you were eight years ago?" Something could always change between now and Sept. 1. The economy might surge, gas prices may plummet, America's standing in the rest of the world could rise. It's possible that peace and prosperity would re-emerge. Let's wait just in case. Still, it's hard...
  • Polar Bears Potential ESA Listing Called ‘Regulatory Monster’

    04/03/2008 7:47:12 AM PDT · by EPW Comm Team · 12 replies · 128+ views
    Inhofe EPW Press Blog ^ | April 2, 2008 | EPW Comm Team
    Polar Bears Potential ESA Listing Called ‘Regulatory Monster’ For the second time in the past three months, the EPW Committee conducted a hearing on the decision to list the polar bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The potential listing of the polar bear under ESA is being promoted by many activists as a way to save the bear. Today’s hearing also focused on the Department of the Interior’s failure to meet its court-ordered and statutory deadlines for making a listing decision and the subsequent lawsuit brought by environmental groups. FACT: Worldwide polar bear population numbers are at or...
  • Yellowstone Grizzly Bears No Longer An Endangered Species

    03/23/2007 12:42:24 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 23 replies · 1,650+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | March 23, 2007
    After nearly disappearing three decades ago, grizzly bears are thriving in the Yellowstone ecosystem and no longer need the protection of the Endangered Species Act, Deputy Interior Secretary Lynn Scarlett recently announced...
  • Suit filed over I-69 route

    10/03/2006 11:55:49 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies · 510+ views
    Evansville Courier and Press ^ | October 3, 2006 | Bryan Corbin
    MARTINSVILLE, Ind. - In a town that is one of the key battlegrounds in the Interstate 69 fight, environmental groups Monday announced a federal lawsuit to block design and planning of the Evansville-to-Indianapolis leg of the highway. The plaintiffs, including the Hoosier Environmental Council and several business owners, allege that the Indiana Department of Transportation ignored harmful environmental impacts of building a direct route between Evansville and Indianapolis. It also claims INDOT was biased against a route that would have upgraded the existing U.S. 41-Interstate 70 corridor into a new highway. It accuses 11 defendants - state and federal agencies...
  • Sea Turtle's Death Halts Fla. Restoration

    05/10/2006 4:53:34 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies · 573+ views
    AP - Yahoo ^ | May 10, 2006
    DESTIN, Fla. - A beach restoration project in the Florida Panhandle has been shut down until next fall after an endangered sea turtle was killed, authorities said. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stopped the work after the Kemp's ridley sea turtle was killed during dredging Sunday. It was the third endangered sea turtle killed since the project began...
  • Protection in jeopardy? (Federal officials say they cannot determine effectiveness of ESA)

    04/08/2006 8:12:46 AM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 266+ views
    San Diego UNION-TRIBUNE ^ | April 3, 2006 | Mike Lee
    Federal officials say they cannot determine effectiveness of Endangered Species ActBy Mike LeeUNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITERApril 3, 2006 JOHN GIBBINS / Union-Tribune A member of San Diego County's protected species club - the bald eagle - appears to be moving off the list. However, it is unclear how much credit the Endangered Species Act should receive. These bald eagles were nesting near Lake Henshaw. When U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials asked for $141 million to fund the endangered species program next year, they inserted a startling note: They can't prove how well their past efforts have worked.“It is difficult to...
  • De-Prioritizing People (Jennifer Biddison On The Need For ESA Private Property Rights Alert)

    03/27/2006 10:52:17 PM PST · by goldstategop · 3 replies · 295+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 03/28/06 | Jennifer Biddison
    When Animal Liberation Front activists destroy private property in ill-advised attempts to save animals, local authorities drag them to jail and the media dismisses the eco-terrorists as being part of a “fringe” group. But when federal regulators destroy the value of private property while trying to save endangered species, national authorities turn their backs. Why the double-standard? Part of the problem is that the people who decide national policy are headquartered in Washington, D.C., where large plots of private property are rare. Those of us who live in urban or suburban areas imagine endangered species protection to be as simple...
  • Federal protection has led to wolves unafraid of people

    02/26/2006 6:42:20 PM PST · by george76 · 84 replies · 2,159+ views
    Juneau Empire & AP ^ | February 26, 2006 | AP
    Some ranchers say the wolves in the Madison Valley have grown increasingly brazen and are apparently unafraid of people. State wildlife officials say such behavior is to be expected, given the federal protection the predators have had in the decade since being reintroduced in the Yellowstone National Park. Jack Atcheson Jr. said he was spooked on a recent hunting trip, when three men and three mules got within 47 yards of a wolf that was staring right at them. The Butte hunting outfitter, who books international trips, said he had never seen wolves in Alaska, Asia or other places act...
  • L.A. Times Prints Quote From Fake Release

    12/28/2005 4:34:13 PM PST · by Bullitt · 43 replies · 2,185+ views
    BREIBART.COM ^ | 12/ 28/2005 | AP
    GREEN RIVER, Wyo. - A quote in a fake news release that was intended as an April Fool's joke ended up in a front-page story in the Los Angeles Times. The story in Tuesday's editions of the Times noted how successful the reintroduction of wolves had been 10 years ago, but said the predators remained controversial.
  • Death in Canada could alter state's wolf debate-Apparent attack occurs as Wi packs proliferate

    12/23/2005 5:56:19 AM PST · by SJackson · 113 replies · 2,742+ views
    Journal Sentinel ^ | 12-23-05 | LEE BERGQUIST
    The grisly circumstances surrounding the death of a 22-year-old man in northern Saskatchewan are likely to influence the debate over wolf policy in Wisconsin. Wisconsin's Wolf Policy 425 to 455: Number of wolves estimated to be in Wisconsin during the 2004-'05 winter - up from 373 to 410 wolves for the previous winter On Nov. 8, student Kenton Joel Carnegie was walking alone near a remote camp owned by a mining exploration company when it is believed that he was killed by wolves. Though an investigation is continuing, some wolves in the area had been attracted to a garbage dump...
  • House to Act on Endangered Species Law

    09/29/2005 3:38:06 PM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies · 607+ views
    AP ^ | 9/29/5 | ERICA WERNER
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House on Thursday passed legislation that could greatly expand private property rights under the environmental law that is credited with helping keep the bald eagle from extinction but also has provoked bitter fighting. By a vote of 229-193, lawmakers approved a top-to-bottom overhaul of the 1973 Endangered Species Act, perhaps the nation's most powerful environmental law. The law has led to contentious battles over species such as the spotted owl, the snail darter and the red-legged frog. The rewrite faces an uncertain future in the Senate, where Republican Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, head of the...
  • House panel passes overhaul of Endangered Species Act

    09/23/2005 8:03:29 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 505+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 9/23/5 | Lisa Vorderbrueggen and Mike Taugher
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Conservative property rights activist Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Tracy, won a key vote Thursday in what could become the first major overhaul of the 32-year-old federal law that seeks to bring endangered plants and animals back from the brink of extinction. The House Resources Committee, of which Pombo is the chairman, passed the Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act of 2005 on a 26-12 vote at the conclusion of an occasionally contentious two-day hearing. Eight Democrats voted aye, including bill co-sponsor Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Stockton, and most of the committee's Republicans. The bill now heads for a vote...
  • Bipartisan effort to alter Endangered Species Act

    09/19/2005 7:29:58 AM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 384+ views
    AP ^ | 9/19/5 | DON THOMPSON
    SACRAMENTO - A bipartisan pair of Central Valley congressmen is set to propose on Monday changing an Endangered Species Act they contend has become unwieldy and is thwarting development without doing wildlife much good. House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo, a Republican, and U.S. Rep. Dennis Cardoza, a Democrat, are allied on a bill that has environmental groups alarmed.The congressmen are to be joined at a Sacramento news conference by Republican U.S. Reps. George Radanovich of California and Greg Walden of Oregon. They chose to announce the bill a continent away from Washington, D.C., where the measure is to be...
  • States' Case Challenging Species Act Is Rebuffed (Supreme Court, Federalism, and the Texas Cave Bug)

    06/14/2005 11:20:23 AM PDT · by Sandy · 17 replies · 573+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 14, 2005 | LINDA GREENHOUSE
    A states'-rights challenge to enforcement of the Endangered Species Act...failed Monday when the justices, without comment, refused to hear it.The appeal had attracted widespread attention as the most potent of several efforts around the country to make the case that Congress's power to regulate interstate commerce did not extend to protecting animal or plant species that lack commercial value and that live in only one state....[T]he justices' action on Monday provided the latest evidence that the Rehnquist Court's federalism revolution is on the wane....[The case] concerned six endangered species of small insects that live only in caves and sinkholes in...
  • Protected species list is challenged

    03/23/2005 12:51:06 PM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies · 566+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/23/5 | Denny Walsh
    Seeking to force the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to review the status of endangered species every five years or remove them from the protected list, the Pacific Legal Foundation sued the agency Tuesday in Sacramento federal court. Noting the reviews are required by the Endangered Species Act, the foundation argues that continued listing of species that no longer need protection burdens California property owners with unnecessary land-use restrictions.
  • Pentagon Is Pressing to Bypass Environmental Laws for War Games and Arms Testing

    12/27/2004 11:56:26 PM PST · by neverdem · 22 replies · 650+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 28, 2004 | FELICITY BARRINGER
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 - The Defense Department, which controls 28 million acres of land across the nation that it uses for combat exercises and weapons testing, has been moving on a variety of fronts to reduce requirements that it safeguard the environment on that land. In Congress, the Pentagon has won exemptions in the last two years from parts of the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. It has sought in recent years to exempt military activities, for three years, from compliance with parts of the Clean Air Act. Also, the Pentagon, which controls about 140 of...
  • Loggers targeting 'terrorism'

    08/28/2004 9:43:05 PM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 11 replies · 540+ views
    The Billings Gazette ^ | August 28, 2004 | SHERRY DEVLIN
    MISSOULA - The vice president of the Montana Farm Bureau appealed to loggers and sawmill owners Thursday not to be intimidated by "endangered species terrorism." "Al-Qaida only had to fly airplanes into buildings once," John Youngberg told the annual meeting of the Montana Wood Products Association. "After that, they only have to anonymously threaten to do so to put the United States on high alert. "Likewise, environmental activists only had to have one success - the spotted owl - to put industry into a tailspin." So great was the upheaval caused by protection of the northern spotted owl - sawmills...
  • BLM Signs Alternative Consultation Agreement for National Fire Plan Projects on Endangered Species

    04/04/2004 11:12:27 AM PDT · by farmfriend · 3 replies · 154+ views
    BLM ^ | 03/31/04
    BLM Signs Alternative Consultation Agreement for National Fire Plan Projects on Endangered Species The BLM signed an Alternative Consultation Agreement (ACA) with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) on March 3, 2004. The ACA was required under the joint counterpart regulations to the Endangered Species Act that the FWS and NMFS developed jointly with Bureau of Indian Affairs, National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The joint counterpart regulation to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) provides alternative procedures that may be used to comply with the federal agency...
  • New Report: Endangered Species Confusion DID NOT Kill Firefighters

    09/24/2001 4:05:37 PM PDT · by 11th Earl of Mar · 15 replies · 231+ views
    ABC News ^ | 9/25/01
    WASHINGTON (AP) Confusion about whether the Endangered Species Act allowed water to be taken from a river delayed a water drop on a wildfire that killed four firefighters. The amount was relatively small and did not lead to the deaths. The Forest Service's report is due out Wednesday on last summer's deaths in the north-central Cascade Mountains of Washington state. Sources with knowledge of the investigation said there was a delay of almost two hours as Forest Service personnel sought guidance about whether the Fish and Wildlife Service needed to give permission to get water from the Chewuch River, ...
  • Endangered Species Act puts Firefighters At Risk

    02/26/2002 3:37:49 PM PST · by Bowana · 1 replies · 270+ views
    The Exeter News-Letter ^ | 2/26/2002 | Ken Goodall
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a statement on Friday February 8th blaming the U.S. Forest Service for willfully disregarding the safety of firefighters in the 30 mile fire that broke out in Washington State's Okanogan National Forest last year. The statement echoed the Forest Services own report that claimed that the fire managers violated 10 of the basic safety rules of fire fighting and ignored 10 out of the 18 basic warning signs for danger. These were all factors that resulted in the deaths of four forest firefighters, but the report seemed to have left out one ...
  • Forest Service admits endangered species policy a factor in forest fire that caused deaths (my title

    10/01/2001 4:58:45 PM PDT · by laureldrive · 29 replies · 702+ views
    pacific legal foundation ^ | Oct. 1, 01 | US Forest Service, via pacific legal fndation
    From the latest pacific legal foundation (www.pacificlegal.org) email newsletter I just received: DID THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT TAKE FOUR LIVES? A forest fire in Washington State's Cascade Mountains this past summer killed four firefighters. Their tragic fate highlighted how rigid endangered-species policies can endanger human beings. Forest Service officials waited several hours before allowing firefighting helicopters to scoop water from a nearby river; they delayed because the river is habitat for fish that are protected under the Endangered Species Act. THIS WEEK, THE FOREST SERVICE ISSUED A REPORT ADMITTING THAT THIS DELAY WAS AN "INFLUENCING FACTOR" BEHIND THE FAILURE TO ...
  • Rare Snake Is Rediscovered in Vermont (HMMM!)

    02/21/2004 1:08:33 PM PST · by LRS · 33 replies · 175+ views
    ABCNEWS ^ | Feb. 20, 2004 | The Associated Press
    Rare Snake Is Rediscovered in Vermont Rare Snake Is Spotted for the First Time Since 1985 in Windham County, Vermont The Associated Press BRATTLEBORO, Vt. Feb. 20 — State officials are hoping a rare snake, spotted in Putney last spring for the first time since 1985, can be placed on the state's list of endangered and threatened species. Middlebury College snake expert Jim Andrews found two live Eastern racers and a dead specimen with the help of students from a Vermont Audubon Society camp. Rest of story: http://abcnews.go.com/wire/US/ap20040220_1072.html
  • Joseph Perkins: Environmental regulation and private property rights (Govt overstepping?)

    02/14/2004 4:39:59 PM PST · by mhking · 6 replies · 211+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 2.13.04 | Joesph Perkins
    The recent court decision didn't make the front pages of the nation's newspapers. It didn't rate a mention on the evening newscasts. But it could, ultimately, have the same impact on property rights in America that, say, Brown v. Board of Education had on school desegregation. The precedent-setting case involved 275 San Joaquin Valley farmers whose water was taken from them by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service a decade ago to accommodate two fish on the federal endangered species list – the chinook salmon and the delta smelt. In 1998, the Tulare Lake Basin Water Storage District and Kern...
  • Endangered predators thrive in West

    10/03/2003 10:32:33 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 10 replies · 472+ views
    USA Today ^ | Tom Kenworthy
    HELENA, Mont. — Eight years after federal biologist Ed Bangs began reintroducing gray wolves into the northern Rockies, the wolf may be taken off the federal endangered species list within a year. Within two years, if all goes according to plan, the grizzly bear population that lives in and near Yellowstone National Park also will be taken off the list. And far to the south, National Park Service biologists Elaine Leslie and Chad Olson are eagerly awaiting a critical step in the effort to bring California condors back to the Grand Canyon area. Sometime in October, the first chick hatched...