Escopeta Fights Endangered Listing For Alaskan Whales

Law360, New York (February 18, 2011, 6:27 PM EST) -- Escopeta Oil Co. LLC has asked a federal court to set aside the U.S. government's designation of beluga whales in Alaska's Cook Inlet as an endangered species, arguing that the action is unnecessary and conflicts with applicable law.

In summary judgment filings Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the intervenor plaintiff in Alaska's suit against the National Marine Fisheries Service argued that evidence for the listing was scanty and the state has several regulatory programs that address threats to the animal....
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