Alaskan Lawmakers Fight Beluga Whale Sanctuary

Law360, New York (June 11, 2010, 3:39 PM EDT) -- The Alaska Legislature has signed off on a resolution opposing a 3,000-square-mile beluga whale sanctuary proposed by the National Marine Fisheries Service, saying the critical habitat designation would interrupt oil and gas exploration, tourism, and other industries.

The lawmakers, who approved the resolution and sent it to Gov. Sean Parnell on Thursday, said that the Endangered Species Act required economic effects to be taken into account for critical habitat designations like the one NMFS proposed at Cook Inlet. They are requesting a “more robust economic analysis”...
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