Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Environmental groups sue to protect walruses

Six environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the US Fish and Wildlife Service in an attempt to protect the Chukchi Sea Walrus population in Alaska from the damaging effects of oil exploration. 

Alaska Wilderness League, Centre for Biological Diversity, Greenpeace, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club and Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands claim that the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s rule that permits oil companies to drill in an area that could cause harm to walruses. 

Preliminary drilling by Royal Dutch Shell PLC has already taken place in a region that is an important feeding area for the mammals, Hannah Shoal, and they could return next year to continue exploration for oil. 

Hanna Shoal is a 9,500-square mile critical feeding area for the walrus colony, which gather here in ever-larger numbers as sea ice recedes further due to global warming. 

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