Government Designates Polar Bear Critical Habitat

Law360, New York (November 24, 2010, 5:12 PM EST) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated more than 187,000 square miles along Alaska's north coast as a critical habitat for polar bears, a development that stems from a partial settlement from 2008 in litigation brought against the federal government by environmental groups.


The designation, announced by the Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday, means that new oil and gas development in the covered area will be subject to heightened scrutiny by the government, Andrew Wetzler, Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's Land...
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