Saturday, August 11, 2007

Some Good News for Wildlife

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I reported in a post Would You Like Some Oil With Those Whales (July 11) that Bush had granted Shell oil drilling rights in the Beaufort Sea off the coast of the Arctic Wildlife Refuge.

Good News: A federal court has temporarily blocked the Shell oil company from drilling exploratory wells this summer off the coast of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. So, until the full case can be heard, the court has granted an eleventh-hour reprieve to polar bears and other wildlife, and shown its concern about the impacts of drilling. National Resources Defense Council is gearing up for a full hearing next week in federal court.

As I reported in Death By Sonar (July 24). the U.S. Navy wanted to train with dangerous, mid-frequency sonar during nearly a dozen upcoming exercises off the southern California coast.

Good News: A federal judge blocked the use of the sonar! The court's injunction is preliminary, which means that this fight is far from over. Nevertheless, it is a stunning setback for the Navy.

The one common denominator in both of these wins for Mother Earth was that the legal expertise necessary to get the proper documents in front of a judge in time to stop both activities was provided by the National Resources Defense Council.

Please think about donating to NRDC to ensure there will always be a way to stop these crimes against animals and nature legally, through the courts.

Donate here to stop lethal sonar from being used by the US Navy.

Donate here to stop oil drilling in and around the Arctic Wildlife Refuge.


simon said...

i am a passionate diver, and its nice to see these things being stopped....

CyberCelt said...

@simon-Thanks for stopping by. We have to be vigilant because this had been taken to court before and stopped, but the administration overrode it.


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