U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced today the Lesser Prairie Chicken will be listed as a threatened species:
"Today's decision, which has real-world consequences for Texas families, landowners and businesses, is a missed opportunity to acknowledge Texans' unprecedented conservation efforts. I will continue to fight to reform this process so job creators and local officials have a say.
"I'm disappointed the Obama Administration made this decision based on arbitrary deadlines set in a closed-door meeting, ignoring the ongoing efforts by Texas landowners and businesses."
Sen. Cornyn previously
to FWS Director Daniel Ashe requesting a 60-day extension of the comment solicitation period and a six-month extension of any final decisions on their proposal to list the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a threatened species. FWS subsequently granted that extension. Sen. Cornyn has
the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Settlement Reform Act, which will give impacted local parties a say in the settlement of ESA litigation between special interest groups and the FWS.