Interior Dept. Sets Aside Area for Polar Bears

The Interior Department set aside 200,000 square miles in Alaska and off shore today on Thursdayto protect the threatened polar bear. The critical habitat designation is a requirement under the Endangered Species Act. Environmental groups are calling the proposal an
important step for protecting polar bears. But are concerned the federal government is still allowing oil and gas drilling within the designated area.

Annie Feidt, APRN – Washington DC

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