Use of Endangered Species Act to prevent mining operation requires input early in the NOI review process

The Endangered Species Act ("ESA") is becoming a popular tool used by public interest groups to stop projects that they view as adverse to environmental quality. However, a recent attempt to use the ESA against a mining project failed when the procedural posture was deemed an inaction for purposes...

Humans can transmit diseases to gorillas

Prior posts have noted and described a number of human diseases that had their origin in animals. Now it appears that some diseases can be transmitted from humans to gorillas. Ecotourism has been seen as a boon for countries with "interesting" biota; it provides funding for protection of...

Why Do the New House Republicans Hate the Bald Eagle?

Leda Huta, Executive Director, Endangered Species Coalition In 1973, Richard Nixon, a Republican president, didn't just sign the U.S. Endangered Species Act into law. His administration played a very large role in actually crafting this forward-thinking legislation. Looking at the new House Republicans...

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Shooting Gray Wolves and Cutting Down Giant Sequoias

ENVIRONMENT: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removes gray wolves in WYOMING from protection under the Endangered Species Act. Federal officials agreed to the Equality State's management plan, which allows residents to shoot wolves on sight but permanently protects them in designated areas like...

Northern Long-Eared Bat Update

By Kathy G. Beckett Since the October 2, 2013 proposed listing of the Northern Long Eared Bat (NLEB) as endangered or threatened, over thirty-seven thousand comments, letters of concern and support have been filed with the agency. (78 Fed. Reg. 61046) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers...