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Judge blocks government plan to scale back Gulf oil lease sale to protect whale species

  • Chevron, Shell Offshore, the American Petroleum Institute, and the state of Louisiana have filed a lawsuit to reverse a cut in acreage and block measures to protect the Rice's whale from extinction in lease sale provisions. This legal action challenges the inclusion of whale-protecting measures and aims to reduce the protections that were put in place.
  • Earthjustice, an environmental organization, claims that the order restricting protections for the Rice's whale is blocking "baseline protections" that are crucial to prevent the species from going extinct. This suggests that the measures put in place are seen as essential for the whale's survival.
  • The legal battle over the lease sale provisions highlights the conflicting interests between the oil and gas industry, represented by Chevron, Shell Offshore, and the American Petroleum Institute, and environmental conservationists advocating for protections against extinction, represented by Earthjustice. The outcome of this lawsuit will determine the level of protection provided to the Rice's whale.
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