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Cramer, Daines Seek Congressional Field Hearing on Sage Grouse, Endangered Species Act

Aug 19, 2013
Press Release

In light of the Department of Interior’s proposed Resource Management Plans and priority habitat for the Greater Sage Grouse, Representatives Kevin Cramer and Steve Daines (MT-AL) are seeking a hearing for the Natural Resources Committee to examine the potential impacts of actions and listings under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) on North Dakota and Montana’s economy and habitat.

In a letter to Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-4), Cramer and Daines are asking for a field hearing to be held in Montana or North Dakota in the coming weeks:

“As Members of Congress who represent the states of Montana and North Dakota, we have seen our constituents witness firsthand the obstruction of responsible resource management caused by the ESA and how the ESA has struggled to fulfill its original intent—to recover dwindling wildlife populations and keep their natural habitats’ healthy,” Cramer and Daines wrote. “A field hearing in an area impacted firsthand by the megasettlements and other federal actions would be helpful to the Committee as it examines the ESA.”

The full letter from Cramer and Daines is available here.

The letter also points to the nationwide implications of ESA abuse, noting potential federal actions under the ESA could have severe repercussions on domestic energy production. Additionally, misguided federal actions could impact livestock and outdoor recreation industries, both of which are critical to the economy and way of life in North Dakota and Montana.

Contact: Communications Director, Matt Becker, (202) 225-2611