Judge Backs Chukchi Sea Take Rule On Polar Bears

Law360, New York (January 11, 2010, 1:55 PM EST) -- A federal judge has upheld a U.S. Department of the Interior regulation that allows the incidental take of polar bears and Pacific walruses during oil and gas exploration in Alaska's Chukchi Sea, denying a challenge to the rule brought by the Center for Biological Diversity.

Judge Ralph R. Beistline of the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska on Friday tossed a suit brought by the CBD and Pacific Environment, saying that the rule was similar to another agency rule concerning Alaska's Beaufort Sea, which...
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