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 Posted by on April 1, 2011
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Recent news: A federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled Thursday, March 31, that DOI Secy. Ken Salazar couldn’t just unilaterally withdraw the Bush Administration’s Western Oregon Plan revisions, under which BLM was to allow increased logging. Salazar said the revisions were illegal because there had been no ESA Section 7 consultation. But U.S. District Judge John Bates said he should have allowed public comment first. News links from Google

In an ESA listing case, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan vacated the delisting of the West Virginia northern flying squirrel.

In a critical habitat case, U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer upheld the legality of an FWS decision to exclude areas occupied by the Cape Sable seaside sparrow from the designation (09-1684 RMC, D.D.C.)

Blogs: Scientific American’s John Platt reports on a letter from 1,293 scientists “to each and every U.S. senator urging them not to support any endangered species legislation that is based on politics rather than science…. Keith Rizzardi of ESABlawg says ESA litigation is getting more complex, as evidenced by recent decisions on flood insurance.

Links for March 24, 2011 issue 

Front page

Ashe nomination held up

  • Some more recent links from the Washington Post, in which the CEO of Seahawk Drilling (the company Sen. Vitter apparently is referring to as having been driven into bankruptcy by BOEMRE) wrote an op-ed, and BOEMRE chief Michael Bromwich responded

Polar bear’s status argued in court

Settlement agreement announced to delist wolves in Idaho, Montana (Click link for more)

Rest of the issue

Roll recalled, p. 3

Budget links

  • Extra — Audio of House approps subcommittee hearing, held March 16, and House full committee hearing. Both files have gaps of a few minutes when the members went to vote; you’ll just have to scroll forward to try to see where it picks up again (until I listen again myself and add that information here). I will (attempt to) edit them into more palatable portions. The subcommittee hearing features a brief statement from Rep. James Moran (R-Va.) and then acting FWS director Rowan Gould. Then Rep. Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) queries Gould and Deputy Director (and director nominee) Dan Ashe on a reduction in hatchery spending.  The Senate hearing picks up during Interior Secy. Ken Salazar’s opening statement and then continues with questions from the members. We had to leave before the end of the hearing, so unlike the audio of the subcmte hearing, it’s not a full account.

House subcommittee: Minority website and statement by Moran at full cmte hearing.

Senate subcommittee: Interior-Environment provisions in Senate year-long CR (press release, March 4)

Pesticide BiOp is final agency action, 4th Circuit finds, p. 5 ) (click link for more)

“Veto” of W.V. mining permit to be briefed in D.C., p. 5

EPA may have overstepped bounds in regulating mountaintop mining, p. 6 (Opinion)

CBD can’t get wolf depredation locations, p. 7

Tribe can’t convince D.C. Circuit that Klamath hydro project needed conditions, p. 7

Montana rep wants judicial activists on endangered species list, p. 8


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