Advocates: Wolf Case A Test For Endangered Species

HELENA, Mont. - (AP) A federal court hearing on Tuesday could decide how the federal Endangered Species Act is interpreted, and whether the government can use political considerations in choosing how and where a species can be listed under the act, according to people on both sides of the issue. Full...

Animal Welfare Institute Sues BP For Allegedly Burning Endangered Sea Turtles Alive

NEW ORLEANS - The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and other animal protection and conservation organizations filed a lawsuit in federal court June 30 against British Petroleum America Inc., British Petroleum Exploration & Production and British Petroleum PLC for allegedly burning critically endangered...

Deal Being Finalized In Lawsuit Over Gulf Turtles

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) BP and several wildlife protection groups are working out the final details of an agreement to resolve a lawsuit alleging turtles were being killed as BP burned oil from its blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico, attorneys said Friday. The deal under negotiation calls for biologists...

Dead Animals Are Exhibit A In Gulf Investigation

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) Dead birds are wrapped in foil or paper, then sealed in plastic bags to avoid cross contamination. Dolphin tissue samples and dead sea turtles are kept in locked freezers. Field notebooks are collected and secured. Scientists examining dead animals that were discovered along the Gulf...

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...

Environmental Group To File Lawsuit Over Southern California Frog

LOS ANGELES - (AP) An environmental group says it plans to file a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on allegations that the agency failed to develop a recovery plan for the endangered Southern California mountain yellow-legged frog. The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports the Center for...

Oil Spill MDL Judge Dismisses Environmental Claims For Injunctive Relief

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) The federal judge presiding over cases stemming from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico caused by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig on June 16 dismissed claims seeking injunctive relief against BP Plc. and Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc. for alleged...

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...

Western Group: U.S. Supreme Court Must Hear Mining Case

By William Perry Pendley DENVER - A 117-year-old nonprofit, non-partisan mining trade association with thousands of members on Oct. 5 urged the Supreme Court of the United States to hear a ruling by a badly fractured en banc panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Northwest Mining...

DLA Piper Energy Alert: Federal District Court Decision Appears To Clear Way For Cape Wind

By Robert J. Alessi and Jeffrey D. Kuhn | The Federal District Court in Washington, D.C., has issued a lengthy ruling that appeared to substantially clear the way for Cape Wind, a large proposed offshore wind farm on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The decision...

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...