Science or politics? Scientists dispute whether Great Lakes’ wolves should be delisted

Last week, 26 scientists submitted a letter to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service arguing that Gray wolves in the Great Lakes region are no longer endangered under the Endangered Species Act. This week, 29 other scientists published an open … Continue reading

PLF sues again over feds stalling on Endangered Species Act petition

The Endangered Species Act allows interested persons to petition the Fish & Wildlife Service to delist or downlist species based upon relevant evidence. It also requires the Service to respond to such petitions in a timely manner. The Service is … Continue reading

More Delta wrangling

Earlier this week, a coalition of “corporate”** environmental groups sought leave to file a supplemental complaint in NRDC v. Jewell, to challenge the Bureau of Reclamation’s water allocations to Sacramento River water users.  The nub of this case—which has been going … Continue reading

Enviros’ agenda: Smash a bug, go to jail — on Courting Liberty

PLF is opposing a radical ESA suit that would brand innocent people as environmental criminals, for accidental harms to federally listed species. WildEarth Guardians claims that innocent mistakes resulting in harm (or “take”) to protected species should result in criminal punishment. … Continue reading

PLF at the Supreme Court, Part II on Courting Liberty

In continuation of last week, this week’s podcast comes from PLF’s DC Center with Todd Gaziano and Shauneen Werlinger adding their insights to more of the cases currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. They tackle Fisher v. University of Texas, … Continue reading

PLF’s message to water rally: TVA v Hill’s days are numbered

Last Friday I spoke at the Take Back Our Water rally in Mendota, California. The theme of almost every speaker on the dais was that the use of the Endangered Species Act to cut off water to Central Valley farms … Continue reading

Congress questions EPA about Andy Johnson’s stock pond

Several weeks ago, the New York Times ran a front page article about the Andy Johnson’s stock pond and the EPA compliance order threatening him with more than $16 million in fines. Here’s a taste: The sun was sinking and … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — October 2, 2015

Endangered species — Utah prairie dog Oral argument was held this week in People for Ethical Treatment of Property Owners v. United States Fish & Wildlife Service, the case where we are challenging the right of the federal government to … Continue reading

Take shouldn’t be a strict liability offense

PLF has filed a motion to intervene on behalf of the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association, New Mexico Federal Lands Council, and the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau in a case that threatens to radically expand criminal liability under … Continue reading

Recording of 10th Circuit argument in Utah prairie dog case

The Endangered Species & Wetlands Report has obtained the recording of the Monday’s oral argument in the Utah prairie dog case. As you’ll recall, this is the constitutional challenge to the federal government’s authority to regulate any activity that affects … Continue reading