Encountering wildlife during planning, constructing and producing oil and gas can be an issue that can cause significant delays and can result in civil and criminal penalties. From threatened and endangered species to migratory bird species, projects can encounter significant issues associated with protected wildlife at any stage. This presentation will describe the various levels of protection for wildlife, including federal and state rules and regulations, as well as best management practices to avoid or minimize the adverse effects of encountering protected wildlife. Current status of federal rules for protected wildlife (i.e., Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, etc.) will be discussed. A discussion of certain species that have been causing issues in various parts of the U.S., as well as procedures to deal with them, will also be discussed.

Primary Author / Presenter
Peter McKone
Sr. Project Director
Weaver Consultants Group
Fort Worth, Texas