Industry Fights 'Alaska Gap' In Polar Bear Rule

Law360, New York (August 29, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Five trade organizations led by the American Petroleum Institute have sued the U.S. Department of the Interior in federal court over a provision in a rule protecting polar bears that they say is unfair to Alaska-based industry.

On Wednesday, the five industry groups sued the DOI in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, challenging a single phrase in the federal rule that officially designates the polar bear as a threatened species.

That phrase, "except for Alaska," eliminates Alaska industry from a provision in...
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