A preliminary decision announced in October by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to place the northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) on the endangered species list is causing concern for "Ohioans with interests in coal mining, electricity transmission, oil and gas drilling, and road-and-bridge improvement," The Plain Dealer reports. The bat, which is facing extinction due to a disease called white-nose syndrome, tends to "roost in loose tree bark in the summer" and also likes to hibernate in abandoned mines. In addition to claiming that there is no indication that the bat is going extinct in the Midwest specifically, those in the aforementioned industries are expressing concerns that requirements for protecting the bats could result in significant project delays and other hardships. They also take issue with the fact that the preliminary decision fails to establish critical habitat for the species, which could potentially cause "wide variances between how different [Fish and Wildlife Service] field offices are handling the issue," the article said.