Polar Bear Lawsuit

For not properly protecting polar bears.


by Russ Slaten
by Megan Mazurek

A conservation group intends to sue the feds for failing to protect polar bear habitat.

The Center for Biological Diversity gave the required 60-day notice today to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.

The group feels the feds are not properly protecting polar bears under the Endangered Species Act.

It says the feds are considering to allow the energy company, Shell Oil Company, to drill next summer in the Beaufort Sea.

"Oil companies really couldn't deal with an oil spill in the Arctic," says Rebecca Noblin, Alaska Director for the Center of Biological Diversity.

"The Coast Guard couldn't deal with it, we don't have the infrastructure, and we don't have the technology to really clean oil in broken ice conditions. So knowing that, knowing that if we were to have an oil spill, it would be catastrophic."

Shell and theEnvironmental Protection Agency says polar bears have adequate protection through the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service established the polar bear critical habitat two months ago, but does not respond to ongoing litigation.

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