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FWS Plans To Renew Polar Bear Take Rule

Law360 (March 16, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday proposed renewing a rule that allows oil companies to take small numbers of polar bears and walruses while working in Alaska, continuing a policy that survived a court challenge in 2009.

The proposed rule — published in the Federal Register on Friday — would allow the "nonlethal, incidental, unintentional take" of the animals during oil and gas exploration, development production in the Beaufort Sea and nearby Alaskan coast.

The regulations are similar to the current rule, which expires...
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