Jun 302015
 

And here's another lawsuit: "The attorneys general of Kansas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin call on a federal judge to declare the rule illegal and prevent the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers from enforcing it." (Topeka Capital-Journal)

Reuters coverage

Links:

Complaint in Texas v. EPA (15-162, SD. Texas) (Plaintiffs: Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi)

Complaint in North Dakota v. EPA (15-59, D. N.D.) (Plaintiffs: North Dakota, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, South Dakota, and Wyoming, and the New Mexico Environment Department and New Mexico State Engineer)

 

Jun 302015
 

Updated 9:10 p.m. ET, June 30 -- FWS put out a release today titled, "U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Finding on Gray Wolf Petition," which notes that the service made a finding that the gray wolf in the lower 48 states should not be reclassified as threatened, as requested by environmental groups.

Midwest Region news release  ("The Service is seeking input as it conducts in-depth studies of the spotted turtle, alligator snapping turtle, Blanding’s turtle, Illinois chorus frog and green salamander.")

Southeast news release  ::  Southwest news release

ORIGINAL STORY

And the Arizona toad. And the Alligator snapping turtle. And a few snakes and salamanders. The Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that listing of 21 species as threatened or endangered may be warranted, triggering the start of a nine-month process that will lead to proposed listings or "not warranted" findings.

Ten species petitions didn't make the cut, including one requesting reclassification of the gray wolf, whose status throughout the lower 48 has been in flux and in dispute for ... a while. In the only case involving a requested reclassification, the service found that a petition submitted by environmental groups seeking a downlisting of the wolf's status to threatened was not warranted.

The full Federal Register notice, which went on public inspection today, is here

Here are the positive (substantial) findings:

Here are the negative (non-substantial) findings: