Friday, September 23, 2005

Rewrite of Endangered Species Law Approved

By Juliet Eilperin Washington Post Staff Writer

Setting the stage for the most sweeping restructuring of endangered species protections in three decades, the House Resources Committee yesterday approved legislation that would strengthen the hand of private property owners and make it harder for federal officials to set aside large swaths of habitat for imperiled plants and animals. Committee Chairman Richard W. Pombo (R-Calif.), who has sought to revamp the Endangered Species Act for more than a decade, said the bill would make the landmark 32-year-old law more effective. Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo (R-Calif.) won a 26 to 12 vote for passage. "The whole underlying premise of what we're trying to do is recover species," Pombo said, adding that his measure would ensure "individual property owners are not forced to shoulder the financial burden of conserving endangered species for all Americans."
HT to Hugh Hewitt