Herrell hopes bill will protect industry from species conservation

Republican U.S. Rep. Yvette Herrell of New Mexico sought to protect industries like oil and gas via a recent bill from what she said were threats posed by federal protections for plant and animal species nearing extinction.

Herrell worried critical habitat designations could impose undue burden on industry and thus threaten local and state economies. Critical habitat designations are designed to protect areas where threatened or endangered species either live or could inhabit, restricting development in including use for oil and gas operations.

Herrell represents the state’s rural Second Congressional District, spanning most of the southern half of New Mexico which is known for oil and gas and agriculture activities.

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