Endangered Species in the Oil Patch: Challenges and Opportunities for the Oil and Gas Industry
Texas A&M Law Review, Vol. 1, pp. 379-409 (2013)
32 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2014
Date Written: April 1, 2013
This Paper proffers the notion that where concerns over the survival of a species may impede oil and gas activities, proactive cooperation, planning, and compromise within the ESA process can present both industry and environmentalists with a winning outcome. The Paper first provides background information on the ESA and describes its chief statutory mechanics. Next, the Paper discusses recent ESA developments that are particularly relevant to the oil and gas industry and focuses on the cooperative effort related to the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard and pursued by the oil and gas industry, private landowners, state officials in Texas and New Mexico, and environmental organizations. Finally, the Paper reviews pending ESA issues and offers recommendations for private and public stakeholders facing ESA challenges.
Keywords: endangered species, oil and gas, endangered species act, energy, Dunes Sagebrush Lizard
JEL Classification: K11, K32, N5, Q4
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