Reactions to the Aug. 12 rollout of revisions to the Endangered Species Act ranged predictably from an oil and gas industry chorus of attaboys to “We’ll see the Trump administration in court.”

For the most part, though, the likely impact of the changes introduced by the U.S. Department of the Interior will be muted.

“Although the new regulations will certainly be litigated, many of the changes are unlikely to have much effect on the day-to-day application of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) on most projects and proposals,” said Michael Drysdale, Minneapolis-based attorney with Dorsey & Whitney LLP, in an email.

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