When Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott acted swiftly against a federal court ruling this month that sought greater protections for the endangered whooping crane, he was opening the latest front in a long-running battle between state officials and the federal government over property rights and the Endangered Species Act.
Abbott’s request for an emergency stay in the case was “as much a political document as a legal one,” said Jim Blackburn, a lawyer who represented an alliance of Gulf Coast environmental and business interests in the case.
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