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Sarah Palin and Gov. Sean Parnell’s lawsuit to delist Beluga Whales from endangered species list was defeated. The Center for Biological Diversity and several other environmental groups got the lawsuit thrown out of Federal Court.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— A  federal judge…rejected the state  of Alaska’s  2010 lawsuit that tried to strip Endangered Species Act  protections for Cook Inlet beluga whales.  The whales were listed as an  endangered species in 2008. In today’s  decision, the judge said that the best  available science supports the  National Oceanic and Atmospheric  Administration’s determination that  Cook Inlet  beluga whales are in danger of extinction. While hunting was  initially  considered the cause of the significant decline of belugas  in the Inlet, the  population has continued to decline after hunting  ceased in 1999.
The Alaska Center for the Environment, the Center for  Biological  Diversity, Cook Inletkeeper, Defenders of Wildlife, the  Natural Resources  Defense Council, and the North Gulf Oceanic Society,  represented by Trustees  for Alaska, intervened  in the lawsuit to  defend the beluga listing against the state’s attack.
Once numbering 1,300, the Cook Inlet  beluga population  currently has only 300 to 400 individuals. This diminished  population  faces many threats. Cook Inlet, which borders the city of Anchorage,  is  the most populated and fastest-growing watershed in Alaska, and it is   subject to significant offshore oil and gas development in beluga  habitat.  Additionally, the proposed billion-dollar Knik Arm Bridge will  directly affect  the belugas, and port expansion and a proposed giant  coal mine and coal-export  dock would also destroy key beluga habitat.
“The Cook Inlet beluga whale is one of Alaska’s  most  iconic wild animals, and we need to do all we can to prevent its   extinction,” said Karla Dutton, Alaska  director for Defenders of  Wildlife. “A healthy beluga population in Cook Inlet  is essential to  the health of the inlet itself and the people and wildlife who  depend  on it. We’re gratified that the court sided with the scientists and kept   in place the vital protections these whales need.”

Read the rest: Center for Biological Diversity Beluga Whales Win

Sarah Palin and Gov. Sean Parnell’s lawsuit to delist Beluga Whales from endangered species list was defeated. The Center for Biological Diversity and several other environmental groups got the lawsuit thrown out of Federal Court.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— A federal judge…rejected the state of Alaska’s 2010 lawsuit that tried to strip Endangered Species Act protections for Cook Inlet beluga whales. The whales were listed as an endangered species in 2008. In today’s decision, the judge said that the best available science supports the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s determination that Cook Inlet beluga whales are in danger of extinction. While hunting was initially considered the cause of the significant decline of belugas in the Inlet, the population has continued to decline after hunting ceased in 1999.

The Alaska Center for the Environment, the Center for Biological Diversity, Cook Inletkeeper, Defenders of Wildlife, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the North Gulf Oceanic Society, represented by Trustees for Alaska, intervened in the lawsuit to defend the beluga listing against the state’s attack.

Once numbering 1,300, the Cook Inlet beluga population currently has only 300 to 400 individuals. This diminished population faces many threats. Cook Inlet, which borders the city of Anchorage, is the most populated and fastest-growing watershed in Alaska, and it is subject to significant offshore oil and gas development in beluga habitat. Additionally, the proposed billion-dollar Knik Arm Bridge will directly affect the belugas, and port expansion and a proposed giant coal mine and coal-export dock would also destroy key beluga habitat.

“The Cook Inlet beluga whale is one of Alaska’s most iconic wild animals, and we need to do all we can to prevent its extinction,” said Karla Dutton, Alaska director for Defenders of Wildlife. “A healthy beluga population in Cook Inlet is essential to the health of the inlet itself and the people and wildlife who depend on it. We’re gratified that the court sided with the scientists and kept in place the vital protections these whales need.”

Read the rest: Center for Biological Diversity Beluga Whales Win

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