The suit is in response to two unprecedented secret settlements between the FWS and anti-development interest groups through which FWS voluntarily committed to complete hundreds of Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing decisions within the span of only a few short years. According to the joint lawsuit, American citizens were deprived of their rights under the United States Constitution and the Administrative Procedure Act to participate in FWS proceedings which led to the secret settlements. As a result, the ESA, a statute originally created to protect species, is now being used to thwart oil and natural gas development and destroy private property rights throughout the United States.
“It is important that our federal government and its agencies follow the law, be transparent and afford all parties the protections of due process and participation guaranteed by the United States Constitution,”
Based in Oklahoma, DEPA is a national alliance of independent producers, royalty owners, oilfield service companies, and state and national oil and natural gas associations committed to common sense legislative and regulatory solutions that strengthen the industry’s pursuit of American energy security.