Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to ‘downlist’ the burying beetle, which would allow drilling in Oklahoma and nearby states
The Trump administration plans to weaken protections for a beetle threatened by extinction from climate change, lifting restrictions on oil and gas drilling in Oklahoma and surrounding states.
The American burying beetle, a shiny black bug covered with orange splotches, feeds it young from carcasses it buries, making it vulnerable to disruptions in soil. The species was listed as endangered in 1989.
Original Title: Trump administration to weaken protections for endangered beetle
Full Text of the Original Article: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/01/endangered-beetle-protections-weakened-trump-drilling-interior-department