[env-trinity] Press Release -- Rahall to Continue Probe of Politicization of Endangered Species Act

Byron Leydecker bwl3 at comcast.net
Thu Jun 28 10:06:03 PDT 2007


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          CONTACT:
Allyson Ivins Groff

June 28, 2007

Rahall to Continue Probe of Politicization of Endangered Species Act
Klamath River Basin to be on agenda


Washington, D.C. - Late Wednesday evening, U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-WV),
Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, received a letter from 36
House Democrats from California and Oregon calling for an oversight hearing
on the alarming role Vice President Dick Cheney may have played in Klamath
River Basin decisions.  As reported by the Washington Post on June 27, 2007,
Cheney's intervention in the development of a 10-year water plan for the
Klamath River resulted in a 2002 die-off of around 70,000 salmon near the
California-Oregon border - the largest adult salmon kill in the history of
the West.  


Today, Rep. Rahall released the following statement in response to the
request from House Democrats:


"This Committee has already begun examining the penchant for this
Administration to favor politics over science in the implementation of the
Endangered Species Act, which was highlighted during a May 9th hearing and
in the resignation of the Interior Department's Deputy Assistant Secretary
for Fish and Wildlife and Parks over the fiasco.  


"In light of the revelations being made over the situation in the Klamath
River Basin, it is my intention to again convene the Committee to delve into
the issues raised by the Members of Congress from California and Oregon.  It
certainly appears this Administration will stop at nothing to achieve
political gain from natural resources disasters.  Ultimately, it will be
hardworking Americans and their healthy environment that will lose if we
fail to act."




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