Basically, this bill requires that no critter, tree, flower, fish, or critical habitat can be listed as threatened or endangered until:
"only when the species is likely to become a
Pennsylvania endangered species throughout all or a
significant portion of its range within the foreseeable
"When reviewing applications for permits, approvals or other
authorizations or taking actions, State and local government
agencies shall consider impacts only to listed species and their
critical habitats included in the centralized database. Permits,
approvals, authorizations or regulations shall not require
persons to conduct field surveys or other activities to
determine or evaluate the presence of species or their habitats,
unless acceptable data exist indicating the presence of a listed
species in the area."
Most alarming is:
"Conditions for designation.--
(1) Any designation of a Pennsylvania endangered species
shall be made only when the species is in danger of
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extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its
Then as bad as the preceding is, we have built into this law this requirement that removes the ability of the GC or PFBC to work with business and industry to lessen impacts to commence:
" Section 3. Coordination of designation.
No Commonwealth agency may take action to designate or
consider fish, wildlife or plants as threatened or endangered
unless the fish, wildlife or plants are designated under the
Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Public Law 93-205, 16 U.S.C. §
1531 et seq.) or pursuant to this act.
Section 4. Designation process.
(a) Applicable law.--Any action by a Commonwealth agency to
designate fish, wildlife or plants as threatened or endangered
or to designate a stream as a wild trout stream shall be subject
to the requirements of the act of July 31, 1968 (P.L.769,
No.240) referred to as the Commonwealth Documents Law, and the
act of June 25, 1982 (P.L.633, No.181), known as the Regulatory
The entire bill is designed to elongate the process, and restrict serious efforts to take adequate protections. But the addition of the IRRC review requirement stops any regulation in place for two years.
The more you read, the worse it gets.