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Lesser Prairie Chicken Will be Listed As Threatened

Midland, TX (Big 2 News) - "We're losing private ownership of lands to federal control under the endangered species act," said Doug Robison, president of ExL Petroleum.
Midland, TX (Big 2 News) - "We're losing private ownership of lands to federal control under the endagered species act," said Doug Robison, president of ExL Petroleum.

Robison has reason to be concerned.

The lesser prairie chicken, a native animal to West Texas and surrounding states, has been listed as a threatened species.

It's a disappointing decision to the oil and gas industry, especially after Robison says many have already enrolled in voluntary conservation efforts.

"for us, it is a restriction as to the activity that can occur on those lands that are voluntarily enrolled and then future restriction on lands that are not voluntarily enrolled that are gonna be contained within the habitat area," Robison said.

According to Robison, private land owners along with the State of Texas, has lost and will continue to lose control of their lands to the federal government through the use of the endangered species act.

But, Texas wildlife officials don't see this list as good news either.

"At this point, we do not have any reason to feel satisfied that they have been listed as threatened. It is only a first step," said Evelyn Merz, conservation chair for the LoneStar Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Merz says more needs to be done to protect the native wildlife.

"Our hope is that those species will be there one day once the oil and the gas has played out. And we still feel that we don't want to have an area that is devoid of native wildlife when they're finished," Merz said.

But the oil and gas industry doesn't plan on backing down without a fight.

"This is going to be a treadmill of litigation if you will," Robison said.

Robison says it's a matter of protecting Texas jobs and not allowing the federal government to take over the state.

"this is going to be a battle we will have to fight again and again and again unless some amendment is made to the endangered species act," Robison said.

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