The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced the northern long-eared bat is now classified as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This new designation allows the FWS to create regulations that protect the animal from becoming endangered or extinct. The bat was added to the threatened species list because its populations were being “devastated” by a fungal disease called white-nose syndrome.

There has been concern that this new ruling will have adverse effects on the energy industry throughout the eastern United...


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