Jan 30, 2017 Multi-Trade Association Comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on its 90-Day Finding on a Petition to List the Lesser Prairie Chicken as Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act
IPAA submitted joint comments with API, the Permian Basin Petroleum Association, and Western Energy Alliance stating that the best scientific and commercial information available demonstrates that the Lesser Prairie Chicken (LPC) does not meet the Endangered Species Act’s (ESA) definitions of either a threatened or endangered species. As outlined in the comments, the Trades believe that the best scientific and commercial information available demonstrate that the LPC does not meet the ESA’s definitions of either a threatened or endangered species. LPC abundance has rebounded from historic lows, and through a combination of public and private efforts, the LPC is now better protected than at any previous time. A listing as threatened or endangered will not provide any additional conservation benefits above what already exists.