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Drilling Proposed For Whale Habitat
The Bush administration has proposed allowing oil and gas drilling in an area of the Bering Sea considered important for the recovery of the world's most endangered whale. The proposal opening up 5.6 million acres off the Alaska coast to energy development was published Tuesday in the Federal...
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New Heat on Bush Environment Chief
SAN FRANCISCO - Amid new calls for the resignation of George W. Bush's top environment official, 12 states and 11 non-profit groups went to court this week accusing the Bush administration of refusing to comply with an environmental order handed down a year ago by the U.S. Supreme Court. "It has...
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Tortoises Give Way To Tanks in Desert
Reptiles must be moved to allow Army training
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Since 2001, Guarding Species Is Harder
With little-noticed procedural and policy moves over several years, Bush administration officials have made it substantially more difficult to designate domestic animals and plants for protection under the Endangered Species Act. Controversies have occasionally flared over Interior Department...
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Gray Wolves To Lose Endangered Status; Critics Call Decision Short-Sighted
Gray wolves will be fair game for hunters in parts of the northern Rocky Mountains after federal officials announced Thursday that they would be taken off the endangered species list. The decision, which is expected to face lengthy litigation, comes after a 20-year effort to reestablish gray wolf...
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Federal Rule to Allow More Hunting of Gray Wolves
State game agencies and private citizens would be allowed to kill federally protected gray wolves that threatened dogs or seriously decreased deer, elk or moose populations in parts of the northern Rocky Mountains, under a federal rule announced Thursday. The regulation comes a month ahead of the...
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Alaskan Sea Drilling Plans Condemned
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The federal government will open up nearly 46,000 square miles off Alaska's northwest coast to petroleum leases next month, a decision condemned by enviromental groups that contend the industrial activity will harm northern marine mammals. The Minerals Management Agency...
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Conservation Group Sues Interior Dept.
Seeks documents on endangered species decisions
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Probes Find Interference, Bias by Former Interior official
WASHINGTON - Julie A. MacDonald entered the Bush administration ready for war. She left it badly wounded, a case study in how political influence can backfire. A civil engineer from California's Sacramento Valley, MacDonald served five tumultuous years as a top Interior Department official handling...
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Truck, SUV Mileage Standards Thrown Out by US Appeals Court
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a federal transportation agency on Thursday to rewrite its fuel economy standards for many SUVs, minivans and light trucks, arguing that the new rules are inadequate in part because they fail to properly assess the risk of global warming. The decision...
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