Polar Bear Ruling May Open Door For ESA Suits

Law360, New York (November 11, 2010, 7:32 PM EST) -- A decision ordering the U.S. Department of the Interior to revisit its 2008 designation of the polar bear as threatened has revived the possibility of the animal being listed as endangered, which could pave the way for a rise in oil and gas industry regulation, as well as citizen suits over greenhouse gas emissions.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled Nov. 4 that the DOI's Fish and Wildlife Service had not properly explained the legal basis for its May 2008 final rule...
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