United States Senators from Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas sent a letter on February 20, 2013 to the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to request an extension to the comment period and the final determination date for Fish and Wildlife's proposed listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a threatened species. The letter [...]
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The demand for water has increased throughout Texas recently, and is magnified by the extreme drought conditions visited upon the majority of the state over the last several years. As this demand has grown, Texas water suppliers have begun to explore options to supplement the withdrawal of water from a watercourse or well. Some are [...]
The United States Army Corps of Engineers, the regulatory body responsible for implementing the permitting regime related to wetlands and other subjects pursuant to Section 404 of the federal Clean Water Act, has released new nationwide permits specifically intended for use in renewable energy development. The new permits went into effect on March 19, 2012. [...]
On April 12, 2012, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced a proposal to revise the regulations associated with issuing permits under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. The proposal would amend permit regulations from 2009 regarding the take of eagles that may result from various activities. The current rules create a permitting structure [...]
This morning the Department of Interior, and specifically the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, released the final version of its land-based wind energy guidelines. The voluntary guidelines are intended to address "wildlife conservation concerns at all stages" of wind development, and are the result of a five-year process that included federal and state agencies, Native [...]