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Wildlife Icon Makes Top Ten List - New Concerns for Whooping Cranes

January 20, 2012

BISMARCK, N. D. – Whooping cranes have landed on a new list highlighting ten species deemed at risk because of fossil fuel development, storage and transportation.

The Keystone X-L pipeline would run along the bird's migratory path, and although President Obama's rejection of the project permit this week is considered a victory by environmental groups, the company has announced it will reapply.

Wildlife biologist Jan Randall, Professor Emeritus of Biology at San Francisco State University, is on the scientific advisory board that selected the ten species. She says the Keystone pipeline would bring inevitable toxic waste ponds, spills and power lines – all of which would be bad news for whooping cranes.

"They're threatened where they reproduce, they're threatened in their winter grounds, they're threatened where they migrate - so, there's all kinds of threats along the way."

Greater sage-grouse, a flower that only grows on oil-shale soils and the Arctic's bowhead whale and speckled eider are also on the list. The report from the Endangered Species Coalition calls for more investment and innovation into energy sources that are renewable, economically beneficial and not environmentally destructive.

Randall says the bottom line is that people, plants, and animals are getting the short end of the stick from the fossil fuel industry, which continues to enjoy record profits.

"Fossil fuel exploration and extraction - it's just so pervasive, and I'm afraid a lot of people think that if it's in the ground, we have to get it out, and you have to think of the alternatives."

The full report, "Fueling Extinction: How Dirty Energy Drives Wildlife to the Brink," is online at

John Michaelson, Public News Service - ND