Twenty-four conservation groups, including ABRA, have voiced strong support to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) for the agency to finalize designating the northern long-eared bat as an endangered species. The groups’ May 23 letter to FWS, sent on their behalf by the Southern Environmental Law Center,
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers created another delay for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) when it announced in a February 9 letter that it would not finalize action on a permit for the project to cross rivers,
- – The Roanoke Times – 2/22/22
- – The Roanoke Times – 2/6/22
In the wake of two decisions by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals vacating three permits for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) was asked on February 7 to issue a stop-work order “halting all construction activity” that has been authorized by FERC for the MVP.
The significant revisions made to the Endangered Species Act regulations by the Trump Administration in December 2020 are close to being reversed by the Biden Administration. The U.S. Department of Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) developed last summer proposed regulations to undue the Trump changes that had relaxed protection criteria for critical habitats of endangered species.
- – Blue Virginia – 5/19/21
The Candy Darter, a small fish found in mountain streams in Virginia and West Virginia, was added in 2018 to the list of endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and its critical habitat area was officially designated by FWS in April,
- – The Roanoke Times – 4/9/21
- – The Roanoke Times – 11/18/20