House committee holds Sage Grouse hearing in Billings | KTVQ.com | Q2 | Billings, Montana

BILLINGS – With the possibility of the Greater Sage Grouse getting listed under the Endangered Species Act…members of Congress hear how this could affect the economy and jobs in Montana and other states.

Six members of the House Natural Resources Committee held a field hearing at MSU-Billings after a similar hearing in Casper, Wyoming.

The committee heard from landowners, hunters, the oil industry and other groups on what works with the Endangered Species Act and what could be improved.

Congressman Steve Daines says the act is 40 years old and needs reform.

“The challenge we face with the endangered species act is fringe groups use it as a platform for litigation which stops responsible resource development in this state,” Daines said. “And so we got some great testimony from Montanans today to help us reform that process back in Washington.”

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