On November 8, 2017, the House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources approved an amendment to oil and gas-related legislation, the SECURE Act (H.R. 4239), that is intended to obviate liability for the incidental or accidental take of migratory birds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, 16 U.S.C. § 703 et seq. (Act). The amendment, submitted by Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY), provides: This Act shall not be construed to prohibit any activity proscribed by section 2 of this Act that is accidental or incidental to the presence or operation of an otherwise lawful ...
In July we reported on five bills that propose to amend various aspects of the Endangered Species Act:
- H.R. 2603 - would remove listings of non-native species;
- H.R. 717 - would modify the process for listing determinations;
- H.R. 3131 - would require a party to prevail in order to recover attorneys' fees and place a cap on fees;
- H.R. 1274 - would require the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make listing determination data available to impacted states; and
- H.R. 424 - would require the Department of the Interior to reissue final rules relating to the listing of the gray wolf in the ...
Nossaman’s Endangered Species Law & Policy blog focuses on news, events, and policies affecting endangered species issues in California and throughout the United States. Topics include listing and critical habitat decisions, conservation and recovery planning, inter-agency consultation, and related developments in law, policy, and science. We also inform readers about regulatory and legislative developments, as well as key court decisions.
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