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In late October, the federal Bureau of Land Management, under the Obama administration, launched a massive round of litigation against a dozen mining companies for violating an international agreement to protect endangered Chinook salmon on federal and state lands. The lawsuit — filed in the U.S. District Court for Oregon and Eastern Oregon, or Duck River — will seek to enforce a law in Alaska intended to protect endangered Chinook, known as “Chinook-K,” from future damage from the oil industry’s tar sands processing operations.
According to the lawsuit, in January 2012, the oil industry in Canada cut access to one of Chinook’s spawning areas by cutting off the area’s vital spawning rivers through a dam near the community of Blackfish. Although Chinook were not listed as vulnerable by the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA), the decision to cut the Chinook access was the result of environmental concerns stemming from salmon being poisoned in oil spills in other places — and therefore not covered by the endangered species act.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for Eastern Oregon, also contends that the companies violated “a federal law requiring that salmon be preserved in their wild state for any length of time, not just years,” despite the fact that commercial sa더킹카지노lmon farmers in those states must follow an 18-year rule that limits the maximum age at which they may harvest salmon that have entered production.
In addition, the lawsuit asks the court to hold the companies liable for their “gross negligence and failure” to take effective measures to protect the Chinook from the destruction by oil industry oil sands ope바카라사이트rations, which use sand that is processed at temperatures well below atmospheric pressure to transform the oil sands into liquid at the surface.
In a statement sent to Truthout on Wednesday morning, a spokesperson for the company that owns Blackfish Salmon Farms — which will be the subject of the suit — said, “we have made it clear to th우리카지노e federal government that there is no valid reason to prevent this fish from migrating through Chinook Sound and our federal partners understand this as well.”
The lawsuit came with little fanfare, and although it may not seem like any kind of victory, the situation highlights the potential for increased conflict between government and the oil and gas industry, as the industry expands its access to American waters. With more salmon, especially in vulnerable populations of Chinook, disappearing as a result of high oil prices, government agencies have been increasingly grappling with how to keep these valuable fish from becoming extinct