Lesser Prairie Chicken, Impact on Oil Industry 12/24/13
CBS 7 News
December 24, 2013
One bird native to West Texas, known as the Lesser Prairie Chicken, may soon be listed as an endangered species.
Following months of cooperation between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the five range states of the Lesser Prairie Chicken (TX, KS, OK, NM, and CO), the agency will continue its support of state efforts to conserve the species and its habitat.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is soliciting public comment on a new draft of the Lesser Prairie Chicken Range-Wide Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances for oil and gas activities (LPC CCAA) which will help implement the conservation plan that is compatible with the economic well-being of private landowners.
The LPC CCAA is a voluntary program in which oil and gas companies would enroll. In return for volunteering to implement the LPC CCAA, companies will receive assurances that the Service will not impose further commitments or restrictions for the Lesser Prairie Chicken even if the species is listed as endangered.
The final decision to list the Lesser Prairie Chicken on the endangered species list will be made no later than March 30, 2014.
For more information on the Lesser Prairie Chicken and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s mission to list it as endangered, visit http://www.fws.gov/southwest/es/LPC.html