The department announced Friday that federal protection as an endangered or threatened species is warranted but precluded by higher priorities - species deemed in more dire need of protection right now.The agencies apparently don't do a goddamn thing their corporate handlers don't approve of. The Court is the only thing keeping species viable, wildernesses intact (sort of), and the process open and transparent.
Western Watersheds questioned that finding in a supplemental complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Boise, Idaho.
"The sage grouse is, in our judgment, as qualified as any species on the candidate list for the protections of the act," Jon Marvel, director of Western Watersheds, said Monday. "Of course they should be acting on all of these species, and why aren't they?"
The new complaint calls the candidate species list "a black hole from which few species ever emerge, and under which they receive no ESA protection." The decision to put the sage grouse on the list was "arbitrary, capricious and contrary to law," the group claims.
Thank heaven for lawyers!
Good on ya, WWP. (And, despite all the press releases from myriad conservation groups last week, it was really WWP and the Sagebrush Sea Campaign of WildEarth Guardians that did the heavy-lifting on sage-grouse. It will be their eventual victory. Writing press releases doesn't count as work.)