Comments needed NOW on TX Horned Shell Mussels as an Endangered Species #fracking #collateral #damage

The US Fish & Wildlife Service has re-opened a public comment opportunity before making a decision as to if the TX Horned Shell Mussels belong on the Endangered Species Act list*. MEANWHILE a push by a group called Texans for Natural Gas (funded “by four of the state’s leading energy producers – Devon Energy, EnerVest, EOG Resources, and XTO Energy”) is emailing people to sign a petition TO NOT PROTECT ….

mussel killthe mussels even after it was found that these mussels are occupying 85% LESS of its historical U.S. range. “Habitat fragmentation and loss as a result of impoundments and reduced water quality and quantity are negatively impacting the Texas hornshell and other freshwater mussels across the Southwest”. 

https://www.fws.gov/news/ShowNews.cfm?ref=service-announces-draft-conservation-agreements-to-aid-the-texas-hornshell-&_ID=36068

YOUR comments are needed NOW to get the protections for the Texas Hornshell Mussel to join the five others already on the state protected list that share habitat and therefore conservation benefits (Rio Grande River cooter, gray redhorse, blue sucker and Pecos springsnail).

Use this link here, https://www.regulations.gov/searchResults?rpp=25&po=0&s=FWS%E2%80%93R2%E2%80%93ES%E2%80%932016%E2%80%930077&fp=true&ns=true and comment now on the Proposed Rule ID: FWS-R2-ES-2016-0077-0067″

Or you may submit comments by one of the following methods:

(1) Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In the Search box, enter FWS-R2-ES-2016-0077. You may submit a comment by clicking on “Comment Now!”

(2) By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R2-ES-2016-0077; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters, MS: BPHC, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803

T H A N K     Y O U !

 

*correction, per ESA Policy Analyst, Megan Hope 512 936 8554 this study that is being done by TSU does NOT include the TX Horned Shell mussels (“Researchers will study five species of Central Texas freshwater mussels – the False Spike, Smooth Pimpleback, Texas Fatmucket, Texas Fawnsfoot, and the Texas Pimpleback”) and is for Central TX…so the “science” submitted to the Fish & Wildlife officials only includes the 2-3 yr study done previously by Texas A & M which included the Rio Grande area.

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About Kim Triolo Feil

Since TX Statute 253.005 forbids drilling in heavily settled municipalities, I unsuccessfully ran for City Council Seat to try to enforce this. Since Urban Drilling, our drinking water has almost tripled for TTHM's. Before moving to Arlington in 1990, I lived in Norco’s “cancer alley”, a refinery town. It was only after Urban Drilling in Arlington did I start having health effects. After our drill site was established closest to my home, the chronic nosebleeds started. I know there are more canaries here in Arlington having reactions to our industrialized airshed (we have 55-60 padsites of gas wells). Come forward and report to me those having health issues especially if you live to the north/northwest of a drill site so I can map your health effects on this blog. My youtube account is KimFeilGood. FAIR USE NOTICE: THIS SITE MAY CONTAIN COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL THE USE OF WHICH HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE COPYRIGHT OWNER. MATERIAL FROM DIVERSE AND SOMETIMES TEMPORARY SOURCES IS BEING MADE AVAILABLE IN A PERMANENT UNIFIED MANNER, AS PART OF AN EFFORT TO ADVANCE UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH EMINENT DOMAIN AND THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE (AMONG OTHER THINGS). IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS IS A 'FAIR USE' OF THE INFORMATION AS ALLOWED UNDER SECTION 107 OF THE US COPYRIGHT LAW. IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 17 USC SECTION 107, THE SITE IS MAINTAINED WITHOUT PROFIT FOR THOSE WHO ACCESS IT FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE: HTTP://WWW.LAW.CORNELL.EDU/ TO USE MATERIAL REPRODUCED ON THIS SITE FOR PURPOSES THAT GO BEYOND 'FAIR USE', PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FROM THE COPYRIGHT OWNER INDICATED WITH A NAME AND INTERNET LINK AT THE END OF EACH ITEM. (NOTE: THE TEXT OF THIS NOTICE WAS ALSO LIFTED FROM CORRIDORNEWS.BLOGSPOT.COM)
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