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North Pacific Council Votes to Close Arctic to Commercial Fishing

Article: North Pacific Council Votes to Close Arctic to Commercial Fishing

SEATTLE, Washington, February 6, 2009 (ENS) – The North Pacific Fishery Management Council voted unanimously Thursday to prohibit all commercial fishing activity in U.S. waters north of the Bering Strait and east to the Canadian border. If approved by the Secretary of Commerce, this precautionary approach would close roughly 150,000 square nautical mile Arctic Management…

Lawsuit Filed to Block Loud Oil Exploration in Arctic Seas

Article: Lawsuit Filed to Block Loud Oil Exploration in Arctic Seas

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, May 7, 2008 (ENS) – Alaska Natives and conservation groups filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Anchorage Monday to stop noisy oil and gas exploration planned for this summer in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas above the Arctic Circle. Seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent seismic surveying in the Arctic Ocean,…

Scientists Ignored on Pitfalls of Arctic Oil Leasing

Article: Scientists Ignored on Pitfalls of Arctic Oil Leasing

WASHINGTON, DC, February 5, 2008 (ENS) – The Interior Department is hastening to stop the flow of internal e-mails from its own scientists that undermine the legality of its offshore oil and gas lease sales in federal Arctic waters, according to correspondence released Monday by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, PEER. During the past three…

U.S. Lawmakers Hot Over Polar Bear Decisions

Article: U.S. Lawmakers Hot Over Polar Bear Decisions

WASHINGTON, DC, January 17, 2008 (ENS) – Key polar bear habitat should be held off limits to oil and gas drilling until federal wildlife officials have determined whether the species should be listed for protection under the Endangered Species Act, the chair of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming said today.…