A2 Vegan

A middle aged vegan living in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a small mid-west college town.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

“notice of intent to sue” the federal government.

County Joins Lawsuit to
Protect Sage-Grouse

"The San Miguel County Commissioners voted unanimously on Wednesday to join a formal “notice of intent to sue” the federal government.

The county’s action is in response to the decision two months ago by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to eliminate protections for the Gunnison Sage-Grouse and remove it from consideration under the Endangered Species Act. The Gunnison Sage-Grouse was recognized as a new species in 2000."


"After the bird’s delisting, San Miguel County Commissioner Art Goodtimes explained, he felt it was time for action.

“The Fish and Wildlife folks did [the Bush] administration’s political bidding, while ignoring the science,” he said. “For me, that was the last straw.”

“The government’s own scientists were suppressed in this matter by political appointees with the Department of Interior,” concurred Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility in a press release. “These political appointees ignored the government’s own scientific findings,” he said.

“We prefer that these issues be resolved cooperatively, but when the federal government so egregiously breaks the law, local government and community groups have no choice but to go to court,” said Jacob Smith, executive director of the Center for Native Ecosystems."

Personally I hope that this gets a lot more press.


  • At 8:35 AM, Blogger t. said…

    Is there an end to bad administration? It seems like not...


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