The Southern Environmental Law Center intends to file a lawsuit on behalf of itself as well as the National Resource Defense Council and Wildsouth, against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service alleging that should the government agencies move forward with leasing land in the Talladega National Forest for oil and gas fracking would be a violation of the Endangered Species Act.
According to the lawsuit, the agencies “failed to complete consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the lease sale in light of information concerning newly listed species, newly designated critical habitat, recently discovered presence of new species and new impacts of drilling on these species and habitats.”
The lawsuit comes after a recent announcement by the Bureau of Land Management that it was planning to sell 43,038.3 acres, mostly located in the Talladega National Forest.
According to DailyHome.com, a dozen new mussel species have been found in the forest, as well as the Indiana bat, which was previously not believed to exist in that area.