|American Burying Beetle Industry
Conservation Plan Web Page
|The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has developed
and approved the final Oil and Gas Industry Conservation
Plan (ICP) for the American burying beetle (Nicrophorus
americanus: ABB) to increase the efficiency of compliance
with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973, as amended,
while promoting conservation of the ABB. The ICP describes
a process whereby applicants can be issued a permit that
authorizes take of the endangered ABB that may occur incidental
to the otherwise lawful activities described here if they
meet certain requirements and agree to comply with certain
actions, terms and conditions. The effective date of the
ICP is May 21, 2014.
|Total take (in acres) allowed
under the ICP: 32,234
Current take (acres) issued through Individual Project
Packages under the ICP: 1.41
|Industry Conservation Plan and Environmental
|WHERE TO START:
|You should utilize the Service's Eligibility Determination
document below to help with deciding whether your project,
or projects, may be eligible for an Endangered Species
Act (ESA) section 10(a)(1)(B) permit under the ICP. The
ICP is designed to cover oil and gas related activities
that overlap with ABBs and their habitat within Oklahoma.
If eligible, the Eligibility Determination document will
inform you of the next steps.
|AFTER YOUR PERMIT HAS BEEN ISSUED:
After receiving your Permit and before project initiation,
Permittees are required to submit Individual Project
Packages (IPPs) for Covered Activities occurring in
the Planning Area. Section 7.2.1 of the ICP provides
additional information on IPPs. These IPPs must be approved
by the Service for use under the issued Permit prior
to initiation of Covered Activities.
Project Package Checklist
Documents associated with the Individual Project Package:
Additional documents related to the ICP
Information contained in the ICP is based on the best
scientific and commercial data available at the time
of its development. It is possible that new scientific
and commercial data will become available, which will
result in relevant documents being updated on this website.
The following documents reflect the Services latest
guidance related to the ICP and ABBs.
- Educational Materials – as referenced in section
4.2.1 of the ICP
- Permit Terms and Conditions – provided with approved
|PUBLIC COMMENTS AND SERVICE
RESPONSE FOR ICP, EA, AND ASSOCIATED DOCUMENTS
| Comments Received:
Service Response to Public Comment (Appendix
December 10, 2014
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