The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was signed into law in 1973 to protect animal and plant species at risk of extinction due to habitat changes or loss. The ESA is intended to conserve the habitats and to foster the recovery of threatened or endangered animal and plant species across the United States based on sound data and science. And though the ESA was never intended to be used by environmental organizations as a litigation tool, it has since been abused in order to halt development or destroy economic growth and job creation while diverting millions of taxpayer dollars away from species recovery.
Over the past few years, there have been numerous efforts in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma, and elsewhere to list species as endangered and place hundreds of thousands of acres of land off-limits to economic development. And a new, stronger wave of threats is expected.
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ICYMI: IPAA submitted comments this week to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda” executive order, highlighting the Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and mitigation efforts. Issues IPAA calls for action on Burying Beetle. In conjunction with American Stewards of Liberty and the Osage Producers Association, IPAA filed a lawsuit against the [...]
Issues House delays vote on several ESA bills. The House Natural Resources Committee postponed votes on six bills regarding the management of endangered species on Wednesday. All of the bills up for debate (H,R, 1274, H.R. 424, H.R. 717, H.R. 2603, and H.R. 3131) would update how the ESA is enacted and enforced. House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop [...]
Issues House considers ESA-altering legislation. With Congress back in session, two ESA reform bills have been reintroduced. The bills, the Listing Reform Act (H.R. 717) and the Saving America’s Endangered Species Act (SAVES, H.R. 2603) would update how the ESA is enacted and enforced. Both the Listing Reform Act and the SAVES Act are currently awaiting House approval. Proposed by [...]