DOI Rule On Polar Bear Habitat Gets Cold Shoulder

Law360, New York (January 11, 2013, 11:08 PM EST) -- An Alaska federal judge handed a win Friday to oil companies who had challenged the U.S. Department of the Interior over its designation of a protected area for polar bears, ruling that the designation had gone too far.

U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline found that DOI’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s final rule designating critical habitat for the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act had not shown enough proof that all the areas under that designation contained features vital to the protection of the species. ...
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