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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Appeals court affirms oil company polar bear rules


http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-08-22/appeals-court-affirms-oil-company-polar-bear-rules

Oil companies operating in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast will have a negligible effect on polar bears and walrus, according to a federal Appeals Court ruling Tuesday that backed U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rules on harassment of the animals.

A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said the agency correctly issued rules that provide legal protection to oil companies if small numbers of polar bears or Pacific walruses are incidentally harmed.

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