9th Circ. Allows Oil Cos. To 'Take' Alaska Bears

Law360, New York (December 2, 2009, 6:51 PM EST) -- A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld regulations that allow oil companies working in the Beaufort Sea to “take” polar bears, over objections from environmental groups that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service failed to consider how global warning had weakened the bear population.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the agency had properly considered the impact of global warming in its analyses. The decision affirms a lower court defeat for the Center for Biological Diversity, which has in several suits...
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