Name: Endangered Species Coordination Act
Number: SB 1047 and HB 1576
Pennsylvania’s proposed Endangered Species Coordination Act would bar state agencies from protecting any species that is not listed under the federal Endangered Species Act. While the title of the legislation seems to indicate that this is a wildlife protection measure, nothing could be further from the truth. Instead, this dangerous measure would strip from state wildlife agencies the power to promote programs that are essential in protecting species on a local level just because these species may not be in danger across the nation.
Pennsylvania has 88 species of birds, fish, amphibians, and other animals that are not listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act but are considered endangered within their state. All of these species would lose their protection if these bills became law. Pennsylvania is also a leading state in fracking for natural gas and oil and this bill will allow developers to proceed on projects without fully considering habitats of local species – since they would no longer be protected by a state endangered species designation.
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