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A federal judge has held that the National Marine Fisheries Service’s approval of a five-year oil and gas exploration plan violated the Administrative Procedure Act because the agency made an arbitrary and capricious determination that noise pollution from the exploration would not constitute any take by harassment to the beluga whales living in the area.

[To accompany Federal Case Law Update "National Marine Fisheries Service Wrongly Approved Oil and Gas Exploration in Cook Inlet" from Brooks Animal Law Digest Issue No. 79.]

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