Energy Lobbyists Set Sights on Lesser Prairie Chicken

Some of Texas’ biggest oil and gas lobbyists are hoping to take control of the fate of the fast-disappearing lesser prairie chicken — much like they did with the dunes sagebrush lizard this year.

In June, Beatty Bangle Strama, a law firm whose attorneys lobby for ExxonMobil, created a nonprofit called the American Habitat Center. (The incorporation document can be found at the website for the secretary of state in Colorado, where it was filed.) The center was set up to administer a future "mitigation bank" that would allow the five biggest oil companies in the Permian Basin, where the grouse ...

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