Friday, December 2, 2011

Congressional Committee Will Hold Oversight Hearing On Endangered Species Act Litigation

On Tuesday, December 6, at 10:00 am EST, the House Natural Resources Committee will hold a full committee oversight hearing on the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”), specifically looking at the impacts of ESA litigation on the economy and species recovery.  The oversight hearing, entitled “The Endangered Species Act:  How Litigation is Costing Jobs and Impeding True Recovery Efforts,” promises to be the first of many hearings that the Committee will hold to examine the efficacy of the ESA and to consider how the Act could be improved.

In a release issued by the Committee, Chairman Doc Hastings said:
It has been over two decades since the ESA was last reauthorized and it’s the responsibility of Congress to undertake a thoughtful analysis of the law to see what improvements could be made to ensure that it works for both species and people. The goal of the ESA is to conserve key domestic species, yet it’s being used by special interest groups to file lawsuits and drain resources away from real recovery efforts. This hearing will specifically look at the impacts of ESA litigation on jobs, our economy and species recovery.
The hearing is open to the public and will be broadcast by live video stream.

For more information regarding this matter, please contact Eric Adair or the KMTG attorney with whom you normally consult.

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