DOI Sued For Allowing 'Incidental' Polar Bear Take

Law360, New York (July 9, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Two conservation groups have sued the U.S. Department of the Interior for authorizing the “incidental take” of Pacific walruses and polar bears during oil and gas exploration in Alaska's Chukchi Sea.

In their complaint, filed Tuesday with the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska, Pacific Environment and the Center for Biological Diversity allege that the agency's regulations would allow unlimited harassment of the two species and potentially some deaths, in violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act and the National...
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