District Court Rejects Polar Bear Critical Habitat Designation

Anchorage, Alaska / January 11, 2013 – Governor Sean Parnell and Attorney General Michael Geraghty applauded a recent decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska, rejecting efforts by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to designate, under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), an area of 187,157 square miles as critical habitat for polar bears. The proposed area accounts for much of Alaska’s oil production. “The Fish and Wildlife Service’s attempt to classify massive sections of resource-rich North Slope lands as critical habitat is the latest…

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