….In their suit, Oklahoma and the DEPA seek “declaratory and injunctive relief for violations of the ESA.” The relief is intended to overturn designation of dozens of species added to the threatened or endangered list through the “sue and settle” process.
It works by left-wing environmental groups, including the Center for Biological Diversity and Wildlife Guardians, petitioning Fish and Wildlife (FWS) to list a species as nearing extinction and then quickly suing the government to take action.
Oklahoma’s attorney general has filed what could become a landmark lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, arguing the so-called “sue and settle” procedure for listing animals and plants on the endangered and threatened list violates the federal Endangered Species Act.
…Private industry also complains that these settlements are often made in cozy behind-closed-door dealings between green groups and the Obama administration, with no representation from state and local officials, or the affected industries…
…Under one proposed rule, if an endangered bird is discovered it would trigger a four-mile radius habitat protected zone. That means no mining, drilling or farming.
“We are talking about potentially millions of acres being removed,” says Amos Eno, a former Fish and Wildlife official and now president of Resources First Foundation.