Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

'God Squad' May Get Minnow Case.(Final)

Byline: Tania Soussan Journal Staff Writer Copyright copyright 2003 Albuquerque Journal

Fed Panel Has Power To Let Species Die

At Sen. Jeff Bingaman's urging, Gov. Bill Richardson is considering asking a high-level federal committee known as the "God Squad" to exempt New Mexico from protecting the endangered silvery minnow.

Bingaman, D-N.M., called the governor Monday to recommend that he request a review by the rarely convened Endangered Species Committee.

Richardson, who left Monday afternoon for Washington, D.C., and will meet with Interior Secretary Gale Norton today to talk about the minnow issue, is weighing the benefits of invoking the God Squad, said spokesman Gilbert Gallegos. …

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