Oil Group Challenges Seals' 'Threatened Species' Status

Law360, New York (May 24, 2013, 1:29 PM EDT) -- The Alaska Oil & Gas Association sued the National Marine Fisheries Service in Alaska federal court Wednesday, arguing that a recently-implemented rule listing two populations of bearded seals as threatened was not backed by evidence and was an overreach.

According to the AOGA — a trade group representing 15 oil and gas companies operating within Alaska — the rule, issued in December, had listed the seals as threatened under the Endangered Species Act based on weak scientific evidence of potential environmental threats to their habitat projected...
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