Groups Challenge Alaska Petro Lease Sale
Feb 1, 2008 | Posted by: The Associated Press | Full story: The Associated Press
“We're in the process of reviewing it and will determine what we do after we've reviewed it”
Groups of conservationists and Alaska Natives sued the federal government Thursday to stop a petroleum lease sale of a large area of the sea off Alaska.
The plaintiffs claim the environmental review by the Minerals Management Service did not fairly evaluate the potential effects if offshore petroleum fields were developed in the lease area, just smaller than Pennsylvania.
They also say the federal government has ignored changing conditions in the Arctic Ocean, including record low summer sea ice, that already are stressing polar bears, whales and other Arctic sea life. Read more
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