The Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, in partnership with state conservation agencies and other business groups in Oklahoma, is working to form a voluntary conservation plan that will play a significant role in conserving lesser prairie chicken habitat.
Those efforts, borne from collaborative work between the state and private industry taking a balanced approach, will improve the lesser prairie chicken's habitat without depressing the economic development needs of the habitat area, including agriculture, oil and natural gas development and transportation.
Federal intrusion through the Endangered Species Act has a limited success rate. It's costly to American taxpayers and it's unnecessary. Oklahoma's environment should be and is being protected by Oklahomans, not the federal bureaucracy.
Terry is president of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association.