Environmental groups announced today they’ve reached an agreement with the Federal Government over some of their concerns surrounding the recent Endangered Species Act listing for the polar bear. Under the settlement, the Interior Department will designate “critical habitat” for the species. The move wouldn’t automatically prohibit oil and gas drilling in the designated habitat area, but it would make it much more difficult. Melanie Duchin is a global warming campaigner in Anchorage for Greenpeace, one of the conservation groups that reached the settlement.
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage