Opposers of the listing of the lesser prairie chicken under the Endangered Species Act voice their views with homemade signage, Tuesday, at Great Southwesy Aviation. (Mark Wilson Photo)
Legislators, business leaders and residents testified to oppose the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposed listing of the lesser prairie chicken as an endangered species Tuesday during a public hearing held by the organization.
Before the hearing, Congressman Steve Pearce, R-N.M., as well as state and local lawmakers and representatives of the oil and gas and agriculture industries spoke against the listing at a rally, saying it would have a devastating impact on southeastern New Mexico.
Pearce said the proposed listing threatens the livelihood of all New Mexicans, particularly those in the industries of oil and gas, agriculture, ranching and mining. The oil and gas industry provides about $1 billion a year into the state’s budget, he said, most of which goes toward funding Login to read more