Congressmen ask agency to delay decision on Lesser Prairie Chicken

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Updated: 6/25/2013 1:56 am
The three congressmen from West Texas are asking a federal agency to delay the decision on whether to list the Lesser Prairie-Chicken as a threatened species.
Congressmen Randy Neugebauer, Mac Thornberry, Mike Conaway, and six of their colleagues sent a letter to the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They want updated studies on the status of the species, and cite new conservation efforts within the bird's habitat.

The house members request that the September 30 final listing deadline be extended for six months.

A listing could have repercussions for wind farms, oil and gas drilling, and agriculture in a region that includes parts of Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma and Kansas.

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