Posted: Sep 5, 2013 12:08 AM by MTN News
With the possibility of the Greater Sage Grouse getting listed under Endangered Species Act, members of Congress heard how this could affect the economy and jobs in Montana and other states.
Six members of the House Natural Resources Committee held a field hearing in Billings.
The committee heard from landowners, hunters, the oil industry and other groups on what works with the Endangered Species Act and what could be improved.
Congressman Steve Daines said the act is 40-years-old and needs reform.
"The challenge we face with the endangered species act is fringe groups use it as a platform for litigation which stops responsible resource development in this state and so we got some great testimony from Montanans today to help us reform that process back in Washington," Daines said.
Cynthia Lummis, Wyoming's U.S. Representative, said, "Manage species in Montana and my state of Wyoming in a way that allows them to recover and thrive but still allows us to have jobs and a strong economy, clean air, clean water and all the reasons that we live in places like Wyoming and Montana."
House Natural Resources Chair, Doc Hastings from Washington said, the committee invited Democratic House members and environmental groups but none attended or spoke at the hearing.
However, there is still a chance to submit comments to the committee.