Judge Lets Energy Interests Join Polar Bear Dispute

Law360, New York (August 15, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has allowed a pair of trade groups representing the Alaskan oil and gas industry to intervene in a lawsuit over the polar bear’s protected status.

On Wednesday, Judge Claudia Wilken of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted in part the groups' requests to intervene.

She ruled that the Alaska Oil and Gas Association and the Alaska Native Regional Corporation are entitled to defend a recent rule that grants loopholes to stringent protections afforded the polar bear as an...
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