Oil industry letter to Senator Cornyn in support of S. 293 (May 13, 2015)We write to express our support for S. 293, a bill to amend the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973 to establish a procedure for the approval of certain settlements.
As you know, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (the Services) have been tangled in litigation and controversy for decades as a result of their inability to meet the deadlines for making listing decisions as established by the ESA. With limited resources and an impossible workload, the Services have been forced to enter into settlement agreements which rob the Services of their ability to properly prioritize the important work they are doing. As allied trade associations that represent companies who develop oil and natural gas and are working hard to be responsible corporate citizens in all phases of our operations, including with respect to the conservation of wildlife, we strongly believe that the work of the Services should not be driven by arbitrary deadlines.
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