House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings, concerned that the Endangered Species Act is wasting more money on lawsuits than recovering species, has scheduled a full committee hearing on the act for next week.
The hearing, set for next Tuesday, is titled, The Endangered Species Act: How Litigation is Costing Jobs and Impeding True Recovery Efforts.
“This hearing is the first of many that the Natural Resources Committee will hold to examine both the strengths and weaknesses of the Endangered Species Act. It has been over two decades since the ESA was last reauthorized and it’s the responsibility of Congress to undertake a thoughtful analysis of the law to see what improvements could be made to ensure that it works for both species and people,” Rep. Hastings said in a release.
“The goal of the ESA is to conserve key domestic species, yet it’s being used by special interest groups to file lawsuits and drain resources away from real recovery efforts. This hearing will specifically look at the impacts of ESA litigation on jobs, our economy and species recovery.”
Both Mr. Hastings and Rep. Rob Bishop, a Republican from Utah who chairs the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, have exhibited some disdain for the ESA and other environmental legislation.
The two have co-sponsored H.R. 1505, which would waive for the U.S. Border Patrol a wide-ranging number of laws and regulations -- the ESA, National Environmental Policy Act, federal Water Pollution Control Act, the Clean Air Act, the Wilderness Act, the Federal Land Management Policy Act, the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the National Park Service Organic Act, the Coastal Zone Management Act, and the Migratory Bird Act, and a host of other environmental acts.
Tuesday's hearing is set to begin at 10 a.m. EST in Room 1324 of the Longworth House Office Building.