(EnviroNews Wyoming) — Commerce City, Colorado — On Sept. 22, 2015, hand-in-hand with four western-state governors and the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Sally Jewell handed down what was surely the most anticipated wildlife announcement in United States history. The verdict: the greater sage grouse will not receive protection under the Endangered Species Act.
Governors John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Matt Mead (R-WY), Brian Sandoval (R-NV) and Steve Bullock (D-MT), along with acting Director of the USGS Suzette Kimball were all on the scene for the historic proclamation — a controversial announcement that will likely land DOI’s ancillary U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in court.
Sec. Jewell’s announcement speech can be seen in its entirety, missing only a few moments, in the video above. This segment was taped in collaboration with Free Speech TV.