• NRECA Pleased with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Designation of Northern Long-Eared Bat as “Threatened”
  • April 6, 2015
  • Law Firm: Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP - Washington Office
  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service classified the long-eared bat as “threatened” rather than “endangered” allowing electric co-ops to maintain power lines and rights-of-way in the species’ habitat. Had the FWS designated the bat as “endangered” co-ops would have been forced to choose between complying with reliability standards or complying with habitat protection rules. Read more about the NRECA reaction here - http://www.ect.coop/public-policy-watch/energy-environment/electric-cooperatives-ok-with-northern-long-eared-bat-ruling/79742.