Lawsuit Fuels Controversy Over Cook Inlet Belugas

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

The state is suing the federal government over the listing of Cook Inlet beluga whales as an endangered species. The lawsuit was filed Friday in Washington DC.  The state claims that the federal government did not follow its own laws when it put the belugas on the endangered species list two year ago.

The state is naming the National Marine Fisheries Service and US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke in the suit.  McAllister says the suit demands NMFS follows its own procedures.

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