- Associated Press - Monday, March 17, 2014

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against the federal government over its decision to settle a lawsuit with an environmental group over the listing status of several animal species.

Scott Pruitt claims in the lawsuit filed in federal court in Tulsa on Monday that federal agencies are colluding with like-minded special interest groups and using “sue and settle” tactics.

Pruitt says the settlements are having a crippling effect on the U.S. economy.

One of the animals whose listing status is in question is the lesser prairie chicken. It has been under evaluation to be listed as endangered for years.

Pruitt says that has led Oklahoma as well as other states and the private industry to spend $26 million to develop a conservation plan to protect it.

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