Royalty Owners Responded!
We asked our royalty owners to respond to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's proposed rule to list the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. If finalized as proposed it would have had a dramatic, negative impact on the development and production of crude oil and natural gas resources in certain areas of Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. SWKROA urged all members to make comment to the proposal by the deadline of June 20, 2013 and you did! We are happy to report the Service has announced a six-month extension of the final listing determination for the lesser prairie chicken through March 30, 2014. The Service will solicit additional data and information that will help to clarify the issues of scientific disagreement regarding the sufficiency or accuracy of the data relevant to the listing proposal.