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Loggerhead Sea Turtle Deaths Prompt Lawsuit Threat

Article: Loggerhead Sea Turtle Deaths Prompt Lawsuit Threat

GAINESVILLE, Florida, January 23, 2009 (ENS) – A coalition of conservation groups has notified the National Marine Fisheries Service of its intent to file a lawsuit as early as March if the agency does not act immediately to protect imperiled sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico. The action comes after fisheries observer data showed…

Obama Freezes Pending Federal Rules, Wolves May Benefit

Article: Obama Freezes Pending Federal Rules, Wolves May Benefit

WASHINGTON, DC, January 21, 2009 (ENS) – In one of his first presidential acts, President Barack Obama has ordered federal agencies to halt all pending regulations until his administration can review them. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel issued the memorandum Tuesday shortly after Obama took the oath of office at noon on the…

Lawsuit Challenges 11th Hour Cuts in Endangered Species Protections

Article: Lawsuit Challenges 11th Hour Cuts in Endangered Species Protections

SAN FRANCISCO, California, December 17, 2008 (ENS) – Regulations announced by Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne last week that would exempt many federal activities, including those that generate greenhouse gases, from review under the Endangered Species Act were published in the Federal Register Tuesday. But the regulations are being challenged in court by three…

Federal Protection of Coral Habitat Draws Lawsuit Threat

Article: Federal Protection of Coral Habitat Draws Lawsuit Threat

SAINT PETERSBURG, Florida, December 1, 2008 (ENS) – NOAA’s Fisheries Service is increasing its protection of threatened elkhorn and staghorn corals in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands through a new rule to prohibit activities that result in death or harm to either species. The new regulations took effect on November 21 and…

Bush Administration Peppered With Endangered Species Lawsuits

Article: Bush Administration Peppered With Endangered Species Lawsuits

PORTLAND, Oregon, October 2, 2008 (ENS) – The nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity today filed five separate lawsuits in federal court all charging the Bush administration with political interference in designation of critical habitat for six western species that are listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The species include two birds,…

Bush Officials Sued for Steering $350M to Forest Foundations

Article: Bush Officials Sued for Steering $350M to Forest Foundations

SEATTLE, Washington, September 11, 2008 (ENS) – A coalition of conservation organizations filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Bush administration alleging that federal officials diverted $350 million from the public treasury to forestry foundations “dominated by the timber industry.” The suit alleges that the administration violated federal appropriations law when, in September 2006, without any…

California's Delta Smelt Could Merit Endangered Listing

Article: California's Delta Smelt Could Merit Endangered Listing

SACRAMENTO, California, July 11, 2008 (ENS) – The delta smelt, a small silvery fish that has come to represent the condition of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Estuary, may be declared an endangered species under U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service action announced Wednesday. The federal agency made a positive preliminary finding on a petition by three environmental…

Conservationists Sue to Protect Beluga Whales of Cook Inlet

Article: Conservationists Sue to Protect Beluga Whales of Cook Inlet

WASHINGTON, DC, June 7, 2008 (ENS) – Five conservation groups have filed a lawsuit against the Bush administration over what they claim is an illegal delay in listing the Cook Inlet beluga whale under the federal Endangered Species Act. The suit, filed in federal court in Washington, DC by the Center for Biological Diversity, Cook…

Habitat Protection Sought for Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal

Article: Habitat Protection Sought for Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal

SAN FRANCISCO, California, July 2, 2008 (ENS) – Three conservation groups filed a formal petition today asking the federal government to protect areas on the main Hawaiian islands as critical habitat for the endangered Hawaiian monk seal under the Endangered Species Act. As monk seal populations plummet on the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, the main islands…

Arizona Pygmy Owl Could Be Relisted as Endangered

Article: Arizona Pygmy Owl Could Be Relisted as Endangered

WASHINGTON, DC, June 5, 2008 (ENS) – A petition by environmental groups seeking renewed protection for a miniature Southwestern owl has presented enough new information to persuade the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that the bird deserves to be considered for relisting as an endangered species. The agency announced Friday that it will now conduct…

Forest Service Could Be Sued as Visitors Trash Arizona Creek

Article: Forest Service Could Be Sued as Visitors Trash Arizona Creek

TUCSON, Arizona, May 23, 2008 (ENS) – The nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity today filed a 60 day notice of intent to sue the U.S. Forest Service for Endangered Species Act violations at Fossil Creek in central Arizona. Addressed to Regional Forester Corbin Newman, the notice states that the Forest Service has failed to consult…

Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout Now Endangered Species Candidate

Article: Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout Now Endangered Species Candidate

WASHINGTON, DC, May 14, 2008 (ENS) – The Rio Grande cutthroat trout is declining and its conservation status is “cause for concern” the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said today. After a review of this native fish’s situation, the Service is recommending that the subspecies be formally proposed for protection under the Endangered Species Act.…

Forest Service Bid to Lift Wildlife Protections Met With Lawsuit

Article: Forest Service Bid to Lift Wildlife Protections Met With Lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO, California, April 11, 2008 (ENS) – A coalition of 14 conservation groups filed suit today in federal court to block the U.S. Forest Service from implementing a new rule that would remove protections for fish, wildlife, and other resources throughout the 192-million acre National Forest System. Issued earlier this month, the rule represents…

Wild Turtles Containing Mercury and Pesticides Sold as Food

Article: Wild Turtles Containing Mercury and Pesticides Sold as Food

TUCSON, Arizona, March 30, 2008 (ENS) – Turtles collected in four southern states and sold as food are often contaminated with mercury, pesticides andpolychlorinated biphenyls, PCBs, according to a coalition of conservation and health groups seeking to stop the export of contaminated turtles to international food markets. The Center for Biological Diversity Thursday filed emergency…

Judge Orders Renewed Protection for Desert Bald Eagle

Article: Judge Orders Renewed Protection for Desert Bald Eagle

PHOENIX, Arizona, March 14, 2008 (ENS) – The Center for Biological Diversity and Maricopa Audubon have won a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to continue Endangered Species Act protection for the desert nesting bald eagle, found mostly in Arizona. The groups challenged the Service’s 2006 rejection of their October 6, 2004…

Lawsuit Seeks to Block Uranium Mining at Grand Canyon

Article: Lawsuit Seeks to Block Uranium Mining at Grand Canyon

FLAGSTAFF, Arizona, March 13, 2008 (ENS) – One of the great natural wonders of the world – the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River – is threatened by uranium exploration.Three conservation groups filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging the approval of up to 39 new uranium drilling sites within a few miles of Grand Canyon National…

Groups Press Legal Action on Behalf of Polar Bears

Article: Groups Press Legal Action on Behalf of Polar Bears

SAN FRANCISCO, California, March 11, 2008 (ENS) – Three conservation groups filed a lawsuit against the Bush administration on Monday for missing the legal deadline to issue a final decision on whether or not to list the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act. The Center for Biological Diversity, Greenpeace and the Natural Resources Defense…

Bush Administration Sued Over Penguins Harmed by Warming

Article: Bush Administration Sued Over Penguins Harmed by Warming

WASHINGTON, DC, March 1, 2008 (ENS) – Concerned that 10 penguin species are threatened by global warming, the Center for Biological Diversity filed suit against the Bush administration Friday for failing to take action to protect these penguin species threatened by global warming under the Endangered Species Act. The lawsuit, brought against Secretary of Interior…

Judge: Navy Must Protect Whales in Hawaii From Sonar

Article: Judge: Navy Must Protect Whales in Hawaii From Sonar

HONOLULU, Hawaii, March 1, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Navy is violating federal law and a federal judge has enjoined the Navy from carrying out its undersea warfare exercises in Hawaii’s waters without adhering to additional mitigation measures to protect marine mammals. Hawaii federal district Judge David Ezra ruled Saturday that the Navy must use…

Court Rules Against Arizona Cattlemen, for Mexican Spotted Owl

Article: Court Rules Against Arizona Cattlemen, for Mexican Spotted Owl

February 15th, Phoenix, AZ – The federal district court in Phoenix has upheld protection of 8.6 million acres of critical habitat for the threatened Mexican spotted owl in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado. For the Mexican spotted owl, critical habitat ensures that Forest Service logging does not drive the owl to extinction or limit…

Federal Government Petitioned to Protect Pacific Walrus

Article: Federal Government Petitioned to Protect Pacific Walrus

SAN FRANCISCO, California, February 7, 2008 (ENS) – The Pacific walrus is threatened by global warming and oil development throughout its range and needs the shelter of the federal Endangered Species Act, the nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity warned today, filing a petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the walrus for…

Old-Growth Nesting Seabird Keeps Threatened Species Protection

Article: Old-Growth Nesting Seabird Keeps Threatened Species Protection

WASHINGTON, DC, February 6, 2008 (ENS) – A federal district court Tuesday turned back the timber industry’s latest attempt to remove federal protections from the marbled murrelet, a small seabird that nests in the old-growth trees of the Pacific Northwest. In order to increase logging of trees over 100 years old, lawyers for the American…

Natives, Conservationists Sue to Block Chukchi Sea Oil Leasing

Article: Natives, Conservationists Sue to Block Chukchi Sea Oil Leasing

JUNEAU, Alaska, February 1, 2008 (ENS) – A coalition of Alaska natives and conservation groups filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday challenging oil drilling in the Chukchi Sea, which lies above the Arctic Circle between Alaska and Russia. Thirty million acres of polar bear, walrus, and whale habitat in the Chukchi Sea are scheduled…

Conservationists: Jaguar Recovery Abandoned in Favor of Border Wall

Article: Conservationists: Jaguar Recovery Abandoned in Favor of Border Wall

SILVER CITY, New Mexico, January 23, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday that it will not prepare a recovery plan for the endangered jaguar and will not attempt to recover the species in the United States or throughout its range in North and South America. The decision was signed by…

Lawsuits Force Listing of Six Rare Birds as Endangered

Article: Lawsuits Force Listing of Six Rare Birds as Endangered

WASHINGTON, DC, January 17, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed six rare birds from around the world as endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Fourteen years after first determining these species warranted protection, the Service responded to a series of lawsuits by the Center for Biological Diversity and listed…