Protecting the Polar Bears January 20, 2011 : 5:23 PM

The Center for Biological Diversity is suing to protect Polar Bear habitats from harmful fossil fuel exploration:

“An environmental group on Thursday gave formal notice that it intends to sue the federal government for what conservationists consider a failure to protect critical habitat for polar bears from harmful oil and gas development.”

“The Center for Biological Diversity sent the required notice to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.”

“The Interior Department designated more than 187,000 square miles in and near the Beaufort and Chukchi seas as polar bear critical habitat, said the group's Alaska representative, attorney Rebecca Noblin.”

“But its agencies also have reaffirmed a Bush-era plan that authorized oil leasing in the newly designated polar bear critical habitat in the Chukchi Sea, and are considering a proposal to allow Shell Oil to drill next summer in polar bear critical habitat in the Beaufort Sea.”