The Endangered Species Act: Protection and Help

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) establishes a framework for preserving protected plants, animals, and the habitats in which they are found. The United States is the primary policy department for ESA’s operation. Sea and Habitat Safety (FWS) and the United States; Regional Body for Fishing and Coastal Biodiversity (NOAA). The FWS operates a worldwide registry of threatened species. Federal authorities, in accordance with the USA, are authorized by law. Plant and Wildlife Service and/or NOAA Fisheries Service to insure that the practices authorized, funded or carried out by them are not likely to endanger the continued existence of any established species or result in the destruction or adverse modification of the critical habitat environment. The massive frameworks used to dig wells, employ subcontractors to run the equipment. Legacy operates only one platform in the presumed ecosystem of the lizard but 131 other platforms are operational, each drilling two wells a month and employing about 150 workers.

The Sackett’s and the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard occupies only eight counties on the boundary between Texas and New Mexico, right in the heart of the Permian Basin, a large oil-producing area. Industry leaders and local businesses especially in Texas see the move as hostile - another environmental strategy of Obama’s administration that threatens their productive, energy-sparked economy. The U.S. in its plan to list the species as being vulnerable Fish and Biodiversity contend that the creature’s ecosystem is disrupted by many things. Together these reflect a clean sweep of the economic drivers of the region: oil and gas (especially exploration), installation of wind turbines, and agriculture. The sagebrush lizard dunes exist only in places surrounded by low-lying shinnery oak trees, including sandy dunes.

The Endangered Species Act has been brought into action with the real and sole purpose of protecting the wildlife of the planet. In several instances it has been immensely productive and has continued to function to conserve nature and its beauty. Other critics of the Endangered Species Act come from private homeowners, some of whom oppose the limitations imposed on a person because their property includes a threatened or endangered species. Read the Story of Tellico Dam and the Snail Darter Fish. Explain what happened and what lessons can be learned from this case. Give your thoughts on the case.

The story of Tellico Dam and the Snail Darter Fish dispute included a 1973 pause in constructing the Tellico Dam on the Little Tennessee River. On 12 August 1973, biologist and professor Daivd Etnier at the University of Tennessee found the snail darter in the river while doing work linked to a litigation challenge with the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA). The lawsuit alleged that the Tellico Reservoir, which was to be by Tellico Dam, would change the river’s ecosystem to the extent of wiping out the darter snail. The litigation against the NEPA delayed the building of the Tellico Dam. From the historical context of the Act it is obvious that Congress wanted to stop and counteract the path of species extinction.

The marked exclusion of the form of eligible vocabulary traditionally used in endangered species law shows a deliberate legislative strategy that gives preference to endangered species over the federal agencies main missions. Moreover, Congress foresaw that this will periodically allow departments to change existing programs to fulfill the goals of the Act. While comments in the Appropriations Committee Reports expressed the Committee’s opinion, either that the Act did not extend to Tellico or that the dam would be built irrespective of the conditions of the Act. Nothing in the TVA appropriations steps enacted by congress specified that the Tellico project was to be undertaken irrespective of the specifications of the Act. Completion of the Tellico Dam project would be in breach of the Statute, so the Court of Appeals would not fail by requiring the project to be stopped. Congress has spoken in the clearest terms, making it known that the highest priority will be given to the threatened species. After the statutory authority has been exerted, it is up to the administrative branch to execute the legislation and the courts to uphold where compliance is required. The purpose is not only to help save species that might prove to be of direct value to man, but to help preserve the biological diversity that provides man and other life with the fundamental support system.