Railroad Commission Chairman David Porter’s Statement on Lesser Prairie Chicken Court Ruling

09/04/2015

AUSTIN—This week the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas overturned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s listing of the lesser prairie chicken as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act.  

The following quote may be attributed to Texas Railroad Commission Chairman David Porter: 

“I applaud the court for ruling against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in determining that the lesser prairie chicken should not be considered ‘threatened’ under the Endangered Species Act. The Fish and Wildlife Service's designation for the lesser prairie chicken was an unfair, unwarranted designation that served as another weapon in Obama's war on fossil fuels. Texas oil and gas producers have made commendable, successful efforts in good faith to conserve and protect the lesser prairie chicken and its habitat, and do not need additional rules and restrictions that inhibit them from conducting business efficiently and economically. Hopefully, this ruling sets a precedent for other pending cases.”

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 Texas Railroad Commission Chairman David Porter was elected statewide by the people of Texas to serve as a member of the Commission in November 2010. A Certified Public Accountant and successful small business owner, Chairman Porter has worked with oil and gas producers for nearly three decades providing strategic financial advice and tax counsel. He is the senior member of the Commission with a proven record of principle-driven, free market conservative leadership.