Alaska Native corp cites agency inaction for missed deadline
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - An Alaska Native corporation says it was unable to meet a deadline for aerial surveys of polar bear dens in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge because a federal agency did not issue necessary authorization for the work in a timely manner.
The Kaktovik Inupiat Corp. sought authorization from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for activities that could disturb polar bears as part of a proposal to conduct what are known as seismic surveys for oil and gas deposits.
The agency in December sought comments on a proposal to allow “incidental harassment” of polar bears during seismic work.
An agency official said it was unable to review every comment and make potential revisions before a deadline for den surveys was reached.
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