Alaska Oil Industry Seeks To Toss Polar Bear Case

Law360, New York (August 19, 2009, 5:15 PM EDT) -- An oil and gas association that intervened in a lawsuit over polar bears and walruses in Alaska's oil fields has asked a federal court to dismiss the case.

The Alaska Oil and Gas Association filed a cross-motion for summary judgment in the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska Aug. 18, saying accidental “taking” of the animals during oil and gas exploration had no more than a “negligible impact” on marine mammal stocks.

The request comes in one of a host of lawsuits brought by...
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