Local oil and gas company offered insight on status of special species changing again

Local oil and gas company offered insight on status of special species changing again

Stephen Robertson, Executive Director for the Permian Basin Petroleum Association said time was running out on about Tuesday’s decision on the lesser prairie chicken after a petition was filed back in September.

"Any petition for any species that's filed with the Fish and Wildlife Service, then it is required respond to that petition in 90 days," said Robertson. 

The PBPA said they have done their part to spend millions on conservation efforts for the species, shutting down the notion that the industry might hurt the environment and the chicken’s habitat.

“There’s a certain time of year that is the mating season for the lesser prairie chicken and during that time of year if your lands are enrolled in the conservation program you are limited in what activities you can do mainly for noise and being a part of the oil and gas industry a lot of what we do can cause some noise,” said Robertson.

From the sage brush lizard to the lesser prairie chicken, Robertson added discussions on the animals who can affect the oil and gas industry need to be more publicized.

“There’s been a sue and settle tactic that’s been used by a lot of groups out there to try and force their views on other people and whether a species, a plant or animal should be listed on the endangered species act,” said Robertson.   

Robertson believed a decision on the status of the lesser prairie chicken could be a year from now.

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