The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) sent a sixty-day notice of intent to sue the U.S. Department of the Interior and Bureau of Land Management for violating the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by failing to protect polar bears from an oil exploration project in the Western Arctic. CBD is seeking the immediate suspension of operations and rejection of drilling permit applications for activities in a portion of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska along the Colville River that is currently free from oil and gas development. The advocacy organization argues that expanding oil and gas exploration in the area is “fundamentally incompatible with polar bear survival and recovery” and will file an ESA lawsuit in sixty days if the agencies fail to take remedial and preventative action.

[To accompany Agency Update "Environmental Organization Threatens to Sue Federal Agencies to Protect Polar Bears" from Brooks Animal Law Digest Issue No. 118.]

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