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October 22, 2014

Kentucky Mineral Law Conference

Hiscock & Barclay partner, Michael Oropallo, will present at the Kentucky Mineral Law Conference on the topic "Is the Sky Falling? Never Mind "Chicken Little" – Pay Attention to the Lesser Prairie Chicken and the Endangered Species Act!".

The Endangered Species Act has become a frequently used tool by opponents of mining and development. Once a species is listed as endangered, vast areas can be immediately off-limits to production. For example, the Lesser Prairie Chicken was recently listed as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. This can result in potentially catastrophic ramifications for the energy and mining industry. This presentation will identify potential ramifications of ESA listings and possible citizen suits on mining and development; explain the ESA's "critical habitat" and "incidental take" provisions; include a discussion on pending litigation involving these laws and their potential impact on the energy and mining industries; and focus on practical and proactive ways to avoid traps for the unwary.

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