Oil Firms Press 9th Circ. To Rethink Polar Bear Habitat

By Dani Meyer (May 9, 2016, 3:52 PM EDT) -- Oil companies and indigenous groups Friday urged the Ninth Circuit to rethink its upholding of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's designation of a critical polar bear habitat in Alaska, arguing that parts of the FWS rule were not supported with enough evidence.

The companies, joined by several Alaska Native corporations and villages and the state of Alaska, said that agency decisions must be supported by substantial evidence and cannot be arbitrary, and that the Ninth Circuit's opinion did not apply basic standards and effectively lowered the bar for designating critical habitats.

"En banc review is urgently needed because the panel's...

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