FWS Proposes Huge Habitat Designation For Polar Bear

Law360, New York (October 23, 2009, 4:53 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed more than 200,000 square miles of critical habitat for polar bears in Alaska's Chukchi and Beaufort seas, an area coveted by industry for its large oil and gas deposits.

A critical habitat designation would not automatically ban oil and gas development in the region. But it would require federal agencies to ensure that the activities they authorize are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of the species or adversely modify the environment, according to FWS.

“This administration...
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