LANDSCOPE: Critical Habitat Designations in Jeopardy

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Subject: LANDSCOPE: Critical Habitat Designations in Jeopardy 

LANDSCOPE, News and Views from American Lands - June 28, 1999

Critical Habitat Designations in Jeopardy

Designation of critical habitat for threatened and endangered species is
under attack by Congress and the Clinton Administration.  The U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing
their intent to streamline the rules governing designation of critical
habitat.  Also, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works is
scheduled to mark up the Domenici (R-NM) bill, S. 1100, aimed at delaying
the critical habitat designation this week.

. . .Without protecting habitat, species will not be able to expand their
populations and get themselves off the endangered list.  "Most species on
the list are there in part because of habitat issues," says Mike Senatore of
Defenders of Wildlife.  For further information contact Brian Vincent,
530/265-3506, mailto:wafcca at

They Are At It Again:  An advertisement run in last week's New York Times
criticized Senators Pete Domenici (R-NM), Kay Bailey (R-TX), Slade Gorton
(R-WA), and Harry Reid (D-NV) for anti- environmental riders.  The ad
references a rider that Domenici and Bailey support allowing big oil
companies to underpay royalties for drilling on public land, Gorton's rider
permitting more toxic mining wastes on public lands, and the rider Reid
added allowing mining companies to continue abandoning polluting mines.  All
of these riders were attached to the emergency relief bill for victims of
war and natural disasters signed by President Clinton last month.  For
further information contact U.S. PIRG at 202/546-9707,
mailto:uspirg at, or check out their website at

California Spotted Owl In Rapid Decline:  The most recent scientific data
tracking the California spotted owl in the Sierra, El Dorado, and Lassen
National Forests showed that the spotted owl population is dropping by 7-10%
per year.  In response, conservationists plan to ask the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service to consider listing the California spotted owl as
threatened or endangered.  Concern is growing because of the Forest
Service's management alternatives for the Quincy Library Act which will
significantly increase logging on the Lassen, Plumas, and part of the Tahoe
National Forests.  For additional information contact Scott Hoffman Black
from the Sierra Nevada Forest Protection Campaign at 916/442-3155 x 206.

Lawsuit Against NAFTA Threatens California Environmental Safeguard:
Canadian based Methanex Corp. is proposing a $970 million lawsuit against
the US government after California announced plans to phase out MTBE, a
carinogenic additive Methanex manufactures, because of fears leaking storage
facilities could contaminate ground water.  The lawsuit falls under NAFTA's
Chapter 11 investor rights provisions, which allow any corporation in a
NAFTA country to sue the federal government of either other country over
laws they feel jeopardize their profits.  Jo Dufay of the Council of
Canadians commented, "Under NAFTA, you simply can't have a meaningful
environmental law. . .if they in any way conflict with corporate profits."
For additional information contact Katie Burnham or Patrick Woodall at
Citizens Trade Campaign at 202/879-4298. 

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American Lands 
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