DOI Asks Judge To Rethink Axing Alaska Polar Bear Habitat

Law360, New York (February 12, 2013, 2:23 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior on Monday asked an Alaska federal judge to reconsider the establishment of a polar bear habitat, saying he had misunderstood the grounds for its designation when he granted oil industry and tribal groups' request to vacate the rule establishing the habitat.

According to the DOI’s motion, U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline had mistakenly found that the record backing the rule did not show that certain barrier islands and areas with polar bear dens had the necessary features required under the...
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