Melinda Taylor, “Austin, Travis County, U.S. Fish and Wildlife face litigation over endangered species protection” (Austin American Statesman)

In a August 9, 2010 article about endangered species protection in the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, the Austin American-Statesman quotes Melinda Taylor on the potential impact of a planned environmental lawsuit against government officials.

“The challenge by the environmental groups has legs, said Melinda Taylor, executive director of the Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration and Environmental Law at the University of Texas. She also represented the Travis Audubon Society during negotiations to create the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve.

“‘Do we want to blow up the Balcones (plan) in this region? I would suggest not. But if it results in positive pressure on the government to complete (the preserve and the refuge), that’s a good outcome,’ Taylor said. ‘But I don’t think we want to go back to the days of fighting over a single permit, making it hard to make conservation happen on any meaningful scale.”‘