Oversight Field Hearing on "The Northern Long Eared Bat: The Federal Endangered Species Act and Impacts of a Listing on Pennsylvania and 37 Other States"
Monday, September 8, 2014 10:00 AM
North Office Building - Hearing Room 1, Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex, N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Oversight Field Hearing on:
- "The Northern Long Eared Bat: The Federal Endangered Species Act and Impacts of a Listing on Pennsylvania and 37 Other States"
The Honorable Doc Hastings
Invited Witnesses and Testimony:
The Honorable Jeff Pyle
Representative, District 60
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Armstrong and Indiana Counties
Mr. Russ Biggica
Director, Government & Regulatory Affairs
Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association
Mr. Jim Brubaker
Board Member, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
Union County Farmer, Buffalo Valley Farms
Mr. Louis D’Amico
President and Executive Director
Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association
Mr. Paul Lyskava
Pennsylvania Forest Products Association
(Truth in Testimony Form)
Ms. Mollie Matteson
Center for Biological Diversity
Mr. Martin Melville
Melville Forestry Services
Centre Hall, Pennsylvania
Mr. John Stilley
Owner and President
Amerikohl Mining, Inc.
This hearing will examine questions regarding bat data and non-human-caused disease, as well as the likely negative impacts that a federal endangered listing of the Northern Long Eared Bat under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) would have on important activities such as farming. The Northern Long Eared Bat is one of hundreds of species included in the Department of the Interior’s 2011 settlements with two groups that requires listing decisions by 2016. A final decision for the Northern Long Eared Bat could be made within the next several months. Witnesses at this hearing will testify about the real economic impacts of this potential listing on Pennsylvania citizens without any measurable benefits for the bat.