by Lori Tipton
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- An environmental group is threatening to sue the federal government over allowing off shore drilling in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas.
The Center for Biological Diversity says that when Interior Secretary Ken Salazar handed out permits to Shell Oil, he failed to consider the impacts of a possible oil spill on threatened and endangered species.
"Under the Endangered Species Act, the federal government has to ensure that any projects it carries out or funds don't jeopardize the continued existence of threatened and endangered species," said Rebecca Noblin with the Center for Biological Diversity.
Noblin says the Arctic is home to several threatened and endangered species, including polar bears and bowhead whales. She says Salazar failed to consider those animals when he gave Shell the drilling permits.